Wild cucumber is a native vine that grows in coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats. It is native to SoCal and Baja California and when in bloom has small white flowers and green fruits that look like oblong spiked balls. The plants use a twisty technique to “grab on” to other branches and limbs. If you follow the vine to the ground there is usually a sizable root ball. The fruit is bitter, so humans (and most animals) don’t eat it.
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