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PlantFiles: Sebastiana, Mexican Jumping Bean
Sebastiana pavoniana

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sebastiana
Species: pavoniana (pav-on-ee-AY-na) (Info)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral keithp2012 On Feb 21, 2012, keithp2012 from West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Does anyone sell seeds of this plant that dont have caterpillars inside as to actually grow them?

Neutral Terry On Dec 22, 2008, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The seed capsules of this desert shrub are commonly sold as novelty items known as "mexican jumping beans." Their sporadic twitching and rolling movement is caused by the larvae of the jumping bean moth (Laspeyresia saltitans) which tunnels into the developing seeds.

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