Wild cucumber, also called balsam apple, is a climbing plant of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), native to eastern North America. Not to be confused with the balsam apple Momordica balsamina.
The wild cucumber has leaves with three to seven sharp lobes; forked, coiled tendrils; six-petaled very fragrant white flowers; and a fleshy, oval, four-seeded fruit that is covered with prickles. It is frequently planted to cover arbors and fences. The dried vines and cucumbers are great in dried arrangements. Despite its name, the Wild Cucumber is NOT edible.
Other: Micrampelis lobata, Sicyos lobata, Hedgehog Cucumber, American Balsam Apple, Prickly Cucumber, Wild mock cucumber, white flowering vine,