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Lunch Lady Gourd

Cucurbita pepo 'Lunch Lady'

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Lunch Lady Gourd (Cucurbita pepo 'Lunch Lady') at Roger's Gardens

Lunch Lady Gourd fruit

Lunch Lady Gourd fruit

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Lunch Lady Gourd (Cucurbita pepo 'Lunch Lady') at Roger's Gardens

Lunch Lady Gourd fruit

Lunch Lady Gourd fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Group/Class:  Gourd-Ornamental


Warty, speckled and spotted, this vigorous vining variety produces large hard shelled gourds in various shapes and patterns; colors range from cream to yellow and orange to green; bitter and tough, not recommended for culinary use; great for fall displays

Ornamental Features

Lunch Lady Gourd is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent harvest gold berries with yellow variegation from early fall to early winter, which fade to orange over time. Its large lobed leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive creamy white veins throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Lunch Lady Gourd is a spreading annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lunch Lady Gourd is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Lunch Lady Gourd will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features