A very effective covering for a broken down or unsightly fence, this annual is quick to strike, fast to grow and almost impossible to stop once it’s decided to occupy that particular area of your yard.
Loofa has an abundance of male flowers that appear and drop off on a daily basis and then produces the female flowers that will become the fruit.
The flower buds, shoots and young leaves are edible but we do not use them as the odour is not to our liking at all.
At present Smooth Loofa is undergoing research as a potential treatment for diabetes.
Tests so far are proving that is effective and has no side effects.
Our best use of the plant is the wonderful sponge like character of the dried peeled fruit. Invigorating in the shower.