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What is this monster???

Posted by dkodeski Chicago (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 4, 11 at 16:34

This showed up in my garden as a compost volunteer. I thought it was some kind of squash or melon - however, it's never flowered - the leaves are nearly 2 feet across and it grows about 1.5 feet a day! I would have uprooted it- but, I wanted to see what it would do-- mostly it's just enveloped my barberry and is attempting to scale the garage.

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RE: What is this monster???

Looks like some kind of gourd. If the leaves are soft, likely a gourd. If the leaves are spiney, not soft, then something more in the squash family, like last year's jack-o-lantern?

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