The Highly Versatile Luffa Plant

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

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A luffa plant gourd can grow 1 1/2 inches a day!
PHOTO: KATHERINE KELLEY/JOHN SHOBE/ MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF