Family: Cucurbitaceae
Common Name: Loofah

A fascinating, tendril-climbing vine, Luffa is found in many tropical areas. Its large, club-shaped fruit, dry, when mature, to become loofahs, or vegetable sponges.


L. acutangula has club-shaped fruits, to 30 cm (12 in) long, used as food in Asian countries.

L. cylindrica grows to 3 m (10 ft), with attractive, green foliage, yellow flowers and large fruit, edible when young. Known as sponge gourd, this is the species most grown.


This plant requires warm, moist conditions and is propagated from seed.


Zone 10 and above, but grown as a summer annual in various climates.

Luculia      Lunaria