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Momordica charantia Momordica charantia
(Bitter melon, Balsam pear)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

An edible member of Cucurbitaceae family, bitter melon has delicate growth and exotic-looking fruits. Its light-green, puckered foliage is divided into lacy lobes, and a silvery down covers both new shoot tips and emerging leaves, giving the young growth a silken sheen. Given a post to climb, bitter melon grows up, not out, using slim tendrils to carry the plant up to 6 to 8 feet in height.


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