Scientific Name: Citrullus lanatus
Category: Vegetables and Herbs
Watermelon is a native crop of Africa that grows well in the warm, dry days of Kansas summers. The plant grows best in deep, sandy soils; however, small icebox-type watermelons can be grown on upland shallow soils. Watermelons require a lot of room and are not well adapted to small backyard gardens.
Assorted types of watermelon fruits
Watermelon flower (female) Note the small, developing watermelon fruit.
Watermelon flower (male)