Rattlebox (Sesbania punicea)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 10 to 15 feet
Plant Spread: 6-10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Other: Pods containing 5 to 10 seeds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Other: Reddish-orange to Reddish-purple
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter and early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: Seeds are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Wacky wild by eclayne Aug 21, 2014 8:53 PM 3
Flowering shrub by 5601Lisa Sep 29, 2017 8:42 AM 2
Help me identify tree by Pauldelpino May 23, 2017 7:15 PM 5
Two plants needing ID by Marsha May 1, 2017 4:50 PM 6
What is this tree? by okapizebra Sep 2, 2016 2:16 PM 13
Sesbania or what? by plantladylin May 25, 2016 12:11 PM 3
Fabaceae family? by mellielong Aug 5, 2015 1:29 PM 14
Mimosa? by clintbrown Aug 21, 2014 2:59 PM 7
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Feb 8, 2013 9:39 PM 130
Looking for seeds of Sesbania... by wcgypsy May 28, 2012 5:32 PM 2

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