Cucumis dipsaceus aka Teasel Gourd


Common names

Teasel Gourd, Hedgehog Cucumber, Hedgehog Gourd

How to care for Teasel Gourd


Teasel Gourd should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.


Teasel Gourd loves a well-draining soil. Perlite and vermiculite help with drainage, while coco coir adds organic matter, so a good potting soil mix will have all three. You can improve store-bought soil by adding some perlite to it.


Teasel Gourd requires abundant, bright, and direct light to thrive. The best placement for this plant is within one foot of a window to ensure it receives enough light. If you live in an area with more extreme weather, such as hot summers or cold winters, you may need to adjust the placement of the plant accordingly. During hot summer months, it is important to place the plant away from full sun, as this can cause the leaves to yellow or burn. During cold winter months, it is best to move the plant closer to the window to take advantage of the extra light that can help it survive. By keeping an eye on the current weather in your area, you can make sure your Hedgehog Cucumber is always in the right place to thrive.


Ploi lacks confirmed information on the toxicity of this plant. If you, a relative, or your pet accidentally consume plant material with unknown toxicity, it's best to consult a medical expert.


The Teasel Gourd does not need extra humidity. Plants primarily absorb water through their root system, making soil watering the best way to provide humidity to your plants.

Region of origin

Teasel Gourd’s native range is Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

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