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Sesbania herbacea (Coffeeweed)
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Sesbania herbacea

Sesbania herbacea (Mill.) McVaugh

Coffeeweed, Bigpod Sesbania

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Darwinia exaltata, Sesban exaltatus, Sesbania exaltata, Sesbania macrocarpa

USDA Symbol: SEHE8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (W)


From the Image Gallery

16 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 12 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Yellow, sometimes mottled with purple or red spots.


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , FL , GA , IL , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NY , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0724 Collected Aug 14, 1992 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MM-716 Collected 2010-07-14 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sesbania herbacea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sesbania herbacea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sesbania herbacea


Record Modified: 2022-12-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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