Sesbania punicea - Plant
Common name: Spanish gold, rattlebox, purple sesban
Color: Golden yellow
Bloom time: June to July
Height: 8.00 to 12.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day. Plants grown in weak sun may not die at once, but they weaken gradually. Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and donâ€™t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 10 -35 C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Where temperatures stay below freezing during winter, enclose the plant with a sturdy mesh cylinder, filling the enclosure with compost, mulch, dry wood chips, pine needles, or chopped leaves.
- Donâ€™t use heavy, wet, maple leaves for mulch.
- Mulch instead with oak leaves, pine needles, compost, or straw.
Grows well against south-facing walls which provide a sheltered environment. Arbor or trellis. Interesting specimen shrub. Informal hedge. Screen.
No serious insect or disease problems.
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