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Coccinia grandis - (L.)J.Voigt.                
Common Name Ivy Gourd
Family Cucurbitaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Deciduous bush, savannah, dry evergreen forest and thickets[200]. Moist neglected places, especially on hedges, to elevations of 1400 metres in Nepal[272].
Range Tropical Asia To Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun


Physical Characteristics       
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Coccinia grandis is a PERENNIAL growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

C. cordifolia. C. indica. Wight.&Arn.
Coccinia grandis Ivy Gourd
Coccinia grandis Ivy Gourd
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and long slender stem tops - cooked and eaten as a potherb or added to soups[46, 61, 105, 177, 183, 272]. Young and tender green fruits - raw in salads or cooked and added to curries etc[2, 46, 61, 105, 177, 183]. Ripe scarlet fruit - raw. Fleshy and sweet[183]. The fruit is up to 5cm long[200].
Medicinal Uses

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Hypoglycaemic;  Laxative;  Miscellany;  Ophthalmic;  Poultice;  VD.

The juice of the roots and leaves is considered to be a useful treatment for diabetes[240, 272]. The juice of the stem is dripped into the eyes to treat cataracts[272]. The leaves are used as a poultice in treating skin eruptions[240]. The plant is laxative[61]. It is used internally in the treatment of gonorrhoea[240]. Aqueous and ethanolic extracts of the plant have shown hypoglycaemic principles[240].
Other Uses

None known
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in any soil[1] but prefers a sunny sheltered position in a humus-rich open soil[164]. Keep the plant well watered in the growing season[164]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit in tropical and sub-tropical zones[46, 61], this plant is not hardy in Britain and normally requires greenhouse protection if it is to fruit here[200]. However, it may succeed outdoors as a tender annual in hot summers if given a suitable position and started off early in the greenhouse. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruits are required.
Seed - sow March in a warm greenhouse in pots of fairly rich soil placing 2 - 3 seeds in each pot. The seed usually germinates within 2 - 4 weeks at 20°c[164]. Thin to the best seedling in each pot and grow them on fast, giving occasional liquid feeds. Plant out after the last expected frosts and give the plants some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well.
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Elizabeth H.
D.LOGU Mon Nov 7 2005
Dear sir, Thanks for your information. Best regards, D.LOGU

MORINGA PRODUCTS Exporters of moringa and herbal plants

Elizabeth H.
Mon Apr 10 2006
This is an aggressively invasive species that can smother everything in its path, and this should be mentioned under your "Known Hazards" section for this species.

Coccinia grandis (PIER species info) This page highlights species information RE: Coccinia grandis from the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER)

Elizabeth H.
Thiruvelan Sun Jan 10 2010

Diabetes natural | Coccinia cordifolia | Ivy gourd Natural Diabetes herbals such as; Ivy gourd, herbal combination Chandraprabha and Gokshur are believed to control glucose level and nourishes pancreas, liver, kidney, heart & eye.

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