I have a gourd plant growing outside my kitchen window. It winds itself around anything within reach and is growing like a triffid. did that movie scare the pants off you too? Its giant leaves fill my kitchen window with green. I love it. especially with afternoon sun. I'm excited to see if we get gourds growing on it... and im wondering whether it grows and then dies or if its a permanent plant that is going to take over our house... annuals/perennials i never know which is which.