Luffa cylindrica or sponge gourd is a large annual vine that grows 30 ' or more in one season. It has it's origin in Southern Asia.
The plant is diecious, having both male and female flowers. The rather large male flowers are bright yellow and occur in clusters. The female flowers are solitary and have the tiny slender ovary attached.
The fruit is gourd, soft and edible when young, a tough mass when mature
It is a large vine useful on an arbor to provide shade interesting gourd with many uses
Requires full sun, regular water, average soil
The use of a strong trellis, a chain link fence or an arbor is recommended.