Annual vine up to 3m tall. This gourd produces pear-shaped fruit very narrowed at the top. When dried the fruits are used as a decorative element. Young they can be eaten. In some countries their young fruits and leaves are eaten as vegetables. Once dried, they make excellent birdhouses.
Needs well drained, humid and rich soils.
Soak the seeds in cool water for 12 hours before sowing at temperatures of 20/25ºC.