Ah, The Luffa !
What other plant gives you hardly any hassle, grows quickly even in poor soil, and rewards you with first a beautiful yellow flower, then from the flower grows a loofah gourd that you can either eat (when luffa cylindrica is still small and green you can chop it, fry it; tastes like fried okra-for those with some food allergies, please consult your doctor before consuming), or wait and let it turn brown on the vine, peel it, and then you get a great loofah sponge too?
That would be the Luffa! We have a few varieties to choose from- Cucumis Dipsaceus, commonly known as The Hedgehog gourd (available in the variety pack only), is a different specimen indeed. The Luffa Cylindrica (commonly known as the washrag gourd) and the Harita (Indian sponge hybrid), and the Luffa Acutangula (known as the angled luffa gourd) are members of the Cucurbitaceae ( Gourd ) family. The Loofah is spelled several different ways, i.e., Lofah, Luffa or Lufa. These are the only plants known that can be raised and used as a sponge. The sponges are very versatile in that they can be used for bathing, washing dishes or scrubbing. The Loofah is widely used for bathing to invigorate the skin as well as gift giving and crafts.