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Balsam Pear

Momordica charantia

Balsam PearThis unusual vine from the Old World tropics has been cultivated for its edible fruits since the early 1700s.1 Bernard McMahon listed this species among “tender annual flowers” in his book.2 It is generally lumped with the balsam apple, but the balsam pear has a "shorter vine and longer fruit."3

The Balsam Pear is a tropical vine grown as a garden annual. Growing 12 to 15 feet high, it presents bright yellow flowers followed by curious, oblong, yellow-orange warty fruits that burst open when ripe; attractive, glossy green foliage. Prefers full sun to light shade and well-drained garden loam.

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Growth Type: 
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
August 9, 2018 to August 19, 2018


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