Wild cucumber native to Africa produces small 1½ by 3½ inch fruits that look like prickly greenish cucumbers striped in light green or yellow. The non-edible fruits are ideal for drying and using in ornamental displays or letting kids fashion them into funny little creatures.
Care: Space 2-3′ apart in all directions. Cucumbers need heat and well-drained soil: plant in full sun in raised beds or hills. Vining plants can be allowed to sprawl or grown on a trellis.