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Bigpod Sesbania
Sesbania herbacea
About Bigpod Sesbania (Sesbania herbacea) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sesbania herbacea (syn. Sesbania exaltata) is a species of flowering plant in the legume family known by the common names bigpod sesbania, Colorado River-hemp, and coffeeweed. It is native to the United States, particularly the southeastern states, where it grows in moist habitat. It can be found elsewhere as an introduced species. It is a woody herb growing to 3 meters or more in height. The leaves are made up of many pairs of oblong leaflets. The inflorescence is a small raceme of pealike flowers with yellow or purple-spotted petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

9.8 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 2.5" - 19.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.21" - 1.14", Coldest Month: 48.9" - 59.7", Hottest Month: 74.6" - 89.6", Humidity: 2.01" - 40.61", Elevation: -228" - 631"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Coffee Weed, Coffeeweed, Colorado River Hemp, Colorado River-hemp

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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