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Old 07-20-2013, 05:40 PM
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QuestionNot Mimosa - but what?


This just showed up in my flower bed and at first I thought it was a mimosa...now after it is blooming, I'm pretty sure it isn't. It has grown like a weed from nothing 3 months ago to about 9' tall with lots of orange flowers. Similar to the peacock tree, there are two petals at one end and a deeper red/orange stamia at the other. This week, I am seeing beans like the mimosa beans on it along with the flowers.

Can anyone help me identify?

I am in the Dallas area and I think I got this accidently in with some of the plants that I put in the garden this year from local nursery. If it's just a weed, I'm impressed!

Any comments would be appreciated.

Alex
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:01 PM
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WinkRattlebox


I recognize it. It is the Rattlebox - Sesbania punicea.
I have the type with yellow flowers.
DO NOT EAT THE BEANS!!

It is actually considered a weed, but I grow it and use the trunks as tomato stakes for the following year's garden.

Here is a website:

http://www.walterreeves.com/gardenin...dentification/
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:38 PM
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TalkingOh my! Finally! Thanks carmelita33!


Oh you don't know how much I thank you for replying. No one I asked seemed to know so it just kept growing...and growing....

It is really pretty. I have been fascinated at the flowers and the quick spurts of growth you can see daily.

Thank you again for identifying it for me!

Best wishes for your garden!!!

Alex
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:52 AM
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You are welcome.
When the seeds are ripe inside the pods they make a rattling sound when you brush them with your hand or when the winds blows. It's a pleasant sound.
If you collect all the seed pods and destroy them, it will not become a weedy problem.
Also, I am sure the seeds are poisonous, so watch/warn your children and/or animals.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:47 PM
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Ach, I thought that Pride of Barbados, the one I am looking for. But not, even very similar. Pretty.
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