Purple Sesban

Sesbania punicea



General Information:

Originated in South America, the purple sesban is a woody shrub that can grow up to 15 feet tall with alternate, compound leaves 5-7 inches long. The purple sesban produces both fruits and flowers with seed pods that are 3-4 inches long and dark brown in color. The plant produces dense thickets which can displace native vegetation and wildlife. It is most commonly found in wet environments. 

Medicinal Uses:

The purple sesban has no known medicinal uses or health benefits. 

Did You Know:

All parts of the purple sesban are poisonous, especially the seeds. They contain a compound known as saponin.