Cucurbita pepo

Slender, ribbed, uniform deep green fruits.


What are Dark Stars made of? In this case, Ravens, Black Eels, and Black Beauty. Farmers Bill Reynolds and Donna Ferguson were on the search for open-habit, drought tolerance, and good flavor in their zucchinis. Their search turned into a participatory breeding project with Organic Seed Alliance. By crossing the hybrid Raven with the old-standard Black Beauty zucchinis, they created Black Eel. Years of further improvement led to Dark Star, and exceptional variety that is ready to go supernova!


Art Pack, 200 seeds

Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

Dark Star Zucchini | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Seeds

  • Days to Germination 3-10 days
    Days to Maturity 60 days
    Planting Depth 1 inch
    Spacing in Row 36 inches
    Spacing Between Rows 42 inches
    Height at Maturity 36 inches
    Width at Maturity 36 inches


    Start indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost or sow outdoors after last frost. Sow 2-3 more times at monthly intervals for fruit all season. Zucchini tolerates moderate soil fertility and dry conditions. Plants grow to 3´ high and 3´ across. Harvest fruits often at young stage for best eating and highest yields.

  • Artwork by Eric Losh: About the Artist: "Eric Losh is an illustrator and graphic designer, pushing paint and pixels in NYC. He has a BFA in Graphic Design from West Virginia University and an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His work ranges from illustrations for children-s books, book covers and record albums to graphic design for logos, packaging and posters. He is most inspired by wildlife conservation, ecology, and biophonics. He lives with his fiancé Meghan in Brooklyn, New York, where he plays old time banjo and tends houseplants." About the Art: Eric Losh, working with acrylic paints and watercolor, interpreted this variety by creating a night sky with constellations of the plant's forebears. The watchful terrestrial eyes suggest the keen observation it takes to be a seed steward.


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