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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."

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Growth Type: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
June 20, 2003 to August 2, 2003June 8, 2004 to September 3, 2004June 17, 2005 to August 30, 2005June 16, 2006 to September 15, 2006May 29, 2007 to October 5, 2007June 17, 2008 to September 4, 2008July 10, 2009 to September 1, 2009June 15, 2011 to September 29, 2011July 15, 2012 to November 7, 2012June 26, 2014 to September 29, 2014June 22, 2020


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