Common Name: Luffa
Indian Names: Tuppadahirekayi (Kannada), Peechinga (Tamil, Malayalam)
Botanical Name: Luffa acutangula
Vegetable Type: Cucurbitae (Cucumber family)
Design Ideas: It is a vine like plant, so it is usually along a fence for support.
Sponge gourd F1 Hybrid The sponge gourd, also known as the luffa plant, is famous for its inner sponge, which is used as a handy scrubber primarily for the body, or for countertops, etc. As it is not a typical garden plant, some patience is required for the proper growth and harvest of the luffa. Once harvested the it needs be dried out and the shell can be peeled off, revealing the inner sponge-like texture. It is also used widely in Indian cuisine, in both the southern and northern styles.
Life cycle: Annual
Height: Can grow up to 10m (30ft)
Width: Leaves can have a width of around 25-40cm (10-16 in.)
Flowering Season: Around October-November
Flower: Grows both male and female flower, both of which are a vibrant yellow with the distinction that the female flower is attached to the gourd
Foliage: Medium foliage covers the entire vine, with light green leaves