Zucchini Blossoms Male vs Female

How to tell the difference between male and female zucchini flowers?
Zucchini plants have both male and female blooms, which have distinct, visible differences.

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Male Zucchini Flowers – the male flowers have a single, long stamen that is covered in pollen.
Female Zucchini Flowers – Female blossoms have a stigma with multiple stems inside.

Quick check: look at the stem length. The male blossom has a long, slender stem, while the female blossom is on a short stem.

male vs female zucchini flowers

You can also examine the point where the petals of the blossom attach to the stem.
Male blossoms have only a slender stalk, while female blossoms display a small bulbous area,
Checking inside the open blooms reveals only the male blossom has a stamen in the center of the flower.

Fun Fact – male and female squash blossoms are open for only one day, opening in the morning and closing by mid-afternoon.

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