Marrow - Cucurbita pepo

Alternative names

There are many garden varieties and subspecies leading to quite a lot of variety in appearance. If you pick a marrow when small, it's classed as a courgette when left on the plant to grow larger it is called a marrow.

Similar Species

Cucurbita maxima (Pumpkin) is now grown commercially, and may naturalise.  It has narrow, terete female pedicels.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Rubbish tips and waste places. The majority of plants occur casually and originate from kitchen waste or from seeds of ornamental gourds.

When to see it

Usually flowers between July and September.

Life History

Annual. Frequently grown as a garden crop.

UK Status

Widespread records from the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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