Name: Lagenaria siceraria aka bottle gourd, calabash or birdhouse gourd
Type of Plant: An annual vine that produces gourds that can be made into bird houses, bottles or art.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: This is a fun plant to grow. It’s a fast-growing vine that can climb 6 to 10 feet up an arbor or trellis, and produce dozens of gourds that are decorative and useful.
A Word to the Wise: This plant is best grown from seed. Plant the seeds once the night time temperatures are reliably above 50 degrees f. because this is a heat-loving plant. Provide strings or other support for the first two feet of growth if your trellis or arbor is higher.