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PlantFiles: Bladderpod, Bagpod
Sesbania vesicaria

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sesbania (ses-BAN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: vesicaria (ves-ee-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Unknown - Tell us

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral btc129psu On Sep 1, 2007, btc129psu from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rice University's campus in Houston, TX has a large field which it allows to grow wild in order to provide a "natural" habitat for whatever varieties of plants and animals should happen to thrive there. Among the endless stands of sunflowers and clouds of mosquitos I found two specimens of this plant today in bloom. While some people claim this plant to be an invasive weed, it does not seem to have that characteristic here since this was my first encounter with the plant and compared to the endless volumes of grasses and Helianthus annus in the field, these two plants were drasticaly outnumbered. I actualy thought its red, orange and peach colored flowers were quite attractive dangling form their little stems and the seed pods certianly add some character. I knew I shouldn't damage the plant before maturity but since I'm not from the area originaly and had never seen a bladderpod I had to pick a pod and break it open to see if the seeds were really that bloated. Perhaps in cultivated areas of eastern Texas like a home garden or waste area this plant becomes invasive but in a place where it must compete with other "weeds" it seems to have a fairly conservative distribution.

Negative docturf On Aug 27, 2006, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very nasty, invasive weed in coastal South Carolina.
Should be hand-weeded before seed set, since it can produce hundreds of seeds very quickly. Docturf

Positive frostweed On Aug 26, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Sesbania vesicaria is Native to Texas and other States.
We have no problem with this plant in North Central Texas, in fact it is very rare.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lutz, Florida
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Conway, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
De Leon, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Prosper, Texas
Yorktown, Texas

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