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Cucurbita pepo

Jefferson grew various species of Cucurbita (a genus that includes pumpkins, squash, and gourds) at Monticello and his writings are littered with references to it. In 1774 he planted "Zucche bianche" and "Zucche nere," which he described as white and black pumpkins. In his Notes on the State of Virginia, begun in 1781, Jefferson described C. pepo and C. melopepo as being "found in Virginia when first visited by the English," but surmised they were "natives of more southern climates, and handed along the continent from nation to another of the savages." Still later, in 1801, he sent seeds of "squash" (C. melopepo), and "Cymbling" (C. verrucosa) to his good friend Phillip Mazzei and stated that "if you will plant the cymbling and pumpkin near together, you will produce the perfect equivalent of squash, and I am persuaded the squash was originally so produced and that it is a hybridal plant."

Growth Type: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2003 Jun 20 to 2003 Aug 22004 Jun 8 to 2004 Sep 32005 Jun 17 to 2005 Aug 302006 Jun 16 to 2006 Sep 152007 May 29 to 2007 Oct 52008 Jun 17 to 2008 Sep 42009 Jul 10 to 2009 Sep 12011 Jun 15 to 2011 Sep 292012 Jul 15 to 2012 Nov 72014 Jun 26 to 2014 Sep 29
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