Echinocystis lobata, so called because of the spinulose fruits that develop in late summer often alongside its flowers, especially likes moist swales and can often be seen alongside roadsides making plumy creamy undulations as it sweeps atop the hedgerows. However, it probably can grow in less than optimal conditions although not as voluminously.
|wild cucumber climbing upon a spirea bush and close up of the flowers|
the fruit with tendril in the background
This year was a banner year for wild cucumber in the Northeast. Just recently I tore up all the vines (very easy to do) and placed them at the base of a large fence so their watermelon-like seeds can sprout next spring and cover it.
a transplant from my garden last May