This plant was weird from the beginning. Look at the bug-like seeds:
They were slow to germinate, and I planted them late, but when I got home from vacation I was so excited to see that the vines (which were planted in an Earthbox) had pretty much taken over a whole corner of my deck, and they were in full bloom.
The flowers are white and about 3-4 inches across with hairy white tendrils on the edge of the petals.
How can I describe the smell? They smell wonderful -- like lilacs!
They're natives of Malaysia. So far the largest fruit I have is about 7", but these gourds have been known to grow as big as 5 feet! Only two have shown up on my vines so far. They can be peeled, cooked and eaten and have also been known to be used as a soap substitute.
Any strange characters in your garden this year?