Bitter melon

Momordica charantia

Photo/Illustration: 
Pam Baggett
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Bitter melon (Momordica charantia)
Genus:  Momordica
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.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Football-shaped, pale green, warty fruits ripen to brilliant orange. Over time, the outer flesh of the fruit splits at the base and curls upward to resemble a pagoda's roof. Dangling inside are seeds covered in lipstick-red pulp.
Care:  Sun and moderate soil in a warm location. Provide support.
Propagation:  From seed.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
Red,
Primrose Yellow
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Vines

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