University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:

Squash, Butternut (Cucurbita moschata)

Vining plant that is typically grown on the ground. Fruits are very firm with a tough outer skin making them suitable for storage. The beige-yellow fruits average 1-3 pounds and have a hollow seed cavity. Fruits are usually bell-shaped, but sometimes blocky-round. Leaves are pubescent and comprised of 3-5 lobes. Stem is ridged or angular. Tan seeds are flat with indistinct edges. Flower is star-shaped and yellow.