Wild Cucumber - Echinocystis lobata
Herb: Wild Cucumber
Latin name: Echinocystis lobata
Synonyms: Sicyos lobata
Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family, Gourd Family)
Medicinal use of Wild Cucumber:The pulverized root is used as a poultice for headaches. A very bitter tea brewed from the roots is analgesic and is also used as a love potion. It is used as a bitter tonic for alleviating stomach troubles, kidney ailments, rheumatism, chills, fevers etc.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Rich soils by streams. Thickets.
Other uses of Wild Cucumber:The seeds have been used as beads.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow early spring in a rich compost in a greenhouse, placing 2 - 3 seeds in each pot. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 2 weeks at 20°C. Thin the seedlings to the best plant in each pot, grow them on fast and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection, such as a cloche, until they are growing away well.
Cultivation of Wild Cucumber:Rich soils by streams. Thickets.
Known hazards of Echinocystis lobata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.