The Highly Versatile Luffa Plant

Edible flowers, "squash," bath sponges, and more: the luffa plant seems to have endless uses.



068 luffa plant 3 soaking luffa gourds
When soaked in water, the skins will burst open
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068  luffa plant 1 luffa gourd
A luffa plant gourd can grow 1 1/2 inches a day!
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068  luffa plant 2 luffa vine blossoms
The vine's lovely blossoms will brighten up any garden
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068 luffa plant 4 shake out seeds
Shake out the seeds after you free the sponge from its skin.
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068 luffa plant 5 luffa in bath
Enjoy a super scrub with a luffa sponge!
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