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Sesbania drummondii (Drummond’s Rattlebox)

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6′-12′ tall fast-growing native shrub is covered with long racemes of  yellow flowers from Spring to Fall attracting native bees, honey bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. It is larval host of Three Butterflies: Gray Hairstreak, Zarucco Duskywing, and Funereal Duskywing Butterflies. Doves, quail, turkey and other birds feed on the seeds.  Growing to the size of a small tree within a season, it makes great shelter for birds and other wildlife. Sesbania drummondii improves the soil in several ways. The bacteria on its roots add nitrogen to the soil. Compounds in the decaying leaves improve soil structure. It bioaccumulates lead removing it from the soil. Plant in full sun. Though it prefers moist soil. I have observed it thriving in a gravel parking lot. Tolerating periodic salt flooding, it sometimes grows in sand dunes and near salt marshes. It is highly deer resistant.  In colder areas where the branches may freeze back in the winter, treat it as a perennial.  Native to  TX, LA, AR, MS, AL, FL. and SC. We propagated our plants from a population in  Beaufort Co. SC which I discovered while working on my thesis. This was the second known population in the state. The populations in SC may have been spread from further south on soil or equipment. It probably occurs on the Georgia coast as well.







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3.5" pot, 1 gallon


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