Erythrina herbacea

General Information:

This plant grows low to the ground and produces thorns with glossy leaves that are shaped like arrowheads. They produce scarlett red flowers on the upper parts of the stems. Seeds are also produced in blackish pods up to 8 ½ inches long.

Medicinal Uses:

Erythrina berries have been used to treat nausea, constipation and blocked urination. The inner bark has been used in body rubs and steams for numb and painful limbs and joints. The leaves have been used as a general tonic.

Did You Know:

The coralbean seeds are extremely toxic and have been used in rat and fish poison. 

The chemical composition of coralbean that enters our bay waters.