August can be a tough time for plants, but our luffas seem to love the heat.
We have two kinds.
The sponge gourd, Luffa aegyptica, has big leaves
and big yellow flowers that resemble squash blossoms, only more open and flat.
Here’s a beauty in the morning sun.
Our ball luffas, Luffa operculata, have smaller, more cut in leaves.
The flowers are much smaller, too. They are more like watermelon flowers.
The fruit are just adorable.
Have you ever grown luffas? What species did you grow?