Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Danglepod, Hemp Sesbania
Sesbania herbaceae

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

Synonym:Sesbania exaltata

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Floridian
Thumbnail #1 of Sesbania herbaceae by Floridian

By Floridian
Thumbnail #2 of Sesbania herbaceae by Floridian

By artcons
Thumbnail #3 of Sesbania herbaceae by artcons

By fauna4flora
Thumbnail #4 of Sesbania herbaceae by fauna4flora

By fauna4flora
Thumbnail #5 of Sesbania herbaceae by fauna4flora


2 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral LoveForests On Mar 13, 2011, LoveForests from FU
United States (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have seen this plant grow "7 feet high" in Cape Coral, Florida, (because it was not mowed-down).

Looks just like a weed, even when it grows very tall.

Negative docturf On May 9, 2007, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hemp Sesbania can be (and usually is) an invasive weed in the NE coastal region of South Carolina. I cannot recommend its use in this area. Docturf

Positive Lonne99 On May 7, 2007, Lonne99 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I purchased this plant, also called a rattlebox, from a local nursery that specializes in native Texas plants. However, the blooms are bright orange instead of yellow. The plant is deciduous and bare-stemmed in the winter but comes back nicely.

Positive artcons On Nov 5, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

My plant was a gift from the birds that frequent the utility wires on the Eastern border of my yard.
I noted when I first discovered it that it was different from other weeds that appear in this area. I monitored if for about 4 or 5 days. Because it was growing so fast, I knew it wasn't a regular weed in the yard. I transplanted it to a one gallon pot for about a week and a half. It was growing too fast to remain in that pot. Now it's in a three gallon pot and doing nicely. The plant shown is six weeks old. It's over 4' tall out of the 3 gallon pot.
It has been flowering daily with small, yellow, flower clusters shown larger than life in the inset of my picture. The flowers are about 3/8" in diameter.
The plant is a Florida native.

Neutral zsnp On Jul 27, 2005, zsnp from Pensacola, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

THIS PLANT LOVES PARTIAL SHADE. The tallest one I ever noticed was about a foot high. Here in Pensacola, this weed is very common. Trying to pull them out by hand is totally useless. You are just wasting your time. They will grow back in no time!

My advice is this: Just try to ignore this plant. Don't focus on what you cannot do. Focus on what you CAN do. For example, plant some beautiful flowers and nice, low-maintenance, non-invasive trees. Buy grass. Mow the lawn regularly. That's the best way you can improve your yard. Pulling up weeds is just a waste of time in my opinion.

Negative cherishlife On Nov 13, 2004, cherishlife from Pocola, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Arkansas has this plant listed as a noxious weed in the site.


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

Daytona Beach, Florida
Ellenton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Greenwood, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Kurten, Texas

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America