How to Plant Sesbania Punicea Seeds


Sesbania punicea, or rattlebox, is a shrubby tree that is native to Argentina and other parts of South America. It can grow up to 15 feet tall and thrives in marshy, wet areas. It is used mainly as an ornamental tree for its interesting leaves and bright red flowers. Sesbania punicea is only hardy through zones 8 to 11, so it cannot handle cool temperatures well. However, planting Sesbania punicea seeds in the right environment will make them grow readily.

Step 1

Choose a place to plant the Sesbania punicea seeds. Sesbania punicea likes any kind of soil as long as it is moist. Slight acidity is not a problem. Sesbania punicea grows best in full sun, but it can handle partial shade.

Step 2

Plant Sesbania punicea seeds in the late fall or winter. They can also be planted in the early spring as long as there is no chance of a frost.

Step 3

Dig holes for the Sesbania punicea seeds. Dig each hole 1 to 2 inches deep.

Step 4

Place the Sesbania punicea seeds in the holes, one seed per hole, and cover with soil.

Step 5

Water the soil until it is moist. Keep the soil moist until Sesbania punicea sprouts.

Tips and Warnings

  • Sesbania punicea is invasive in many states. All parts of Sesbania punicea are poisonous.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade


  • UC Davis: Sesbania punicea

Who Can Help

  • Top Tropicals: Sesbania punicea
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.