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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

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


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


Lutz, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Conway, South Carolina

Arlington, Texas

Baytown, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

De Leon, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lipan, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

Prosper, Texas

Yorktown, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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... read more


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


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.