Pumpkin, Courgette or Marrow

Cucurbita pepo | Also known as: Zucchini, Gem squash, Italian squash | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Courgette to the Europeans and zucchini to the Yanks, this yummy squash doesn’t care what you call it - just give it some love and be rewarded with delicious produce – and don’t forget to eat the flowers!

Cucurbita pepo is a species that includes many edible vegetables such as squash and courgette. It has attractive star shaped yellow flowers and usually grows in a clump low to the ground although some varieties are climbers. The fruit appears in summer and can vary wildly in appearance from long and green to large round and variegated orange and yellow in colour. This species usually has large leaves and spreads, so it needs plenty of space in the garden. The fruit can also sometimes be very large in size. It's a versatile vegetable, great for soups or stews. It will grow well in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.7 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.9
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Irregular
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-9
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Vegetables
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Simple food
  • Fast growing
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years
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Courgette 'Black Forest F1'

PLANTS Cucurbita pepo 'Black Forest F1'

Cucurbita pepo 'Black Forest F1' is also known as Courgette 'Black Forest'. It has pretty yellow flowers and the fruit are dark green and edible. This is a climbing plant with long stems that will need to be tied to a trellis or netting. This variety will give you a lot of fruit if you keep picking it regularly. The fruit is dark green, long and smooth, Some parts of the flower are also edible. It will grow well in a container, so is ideal for a compact garden if you're looking to grow vegetables.