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Sesbania grandiflora,Sesban, Vegetable Hummingbird

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Common name:
Sesban, Vegetable Hummingbird
Regional name:
Marathi - Hathga, Bengali - Bak, Gujarati - Agathio, Hindi - Basna, Kannada - Agase-mara, Malayalam - Agatti, Sanskrit - Agastyah, Tamil - Akatti, Telugu - Avisechettu, Urdu - Agast
Trees, Vegetable, Medicinal Plants, Shrubs
Leguminosae or Fabaceae or Pea family
Sun growing, Semi shade
Normal, Can tolerate less, Can tolerate more
Primarily grown for:
Flowers, Fruit or Seed
Flowering season:
Year-around flowering, Flowers in flushes throughout the year
Flower or Inflorescence color:
Foliage color:
Plant Height or length:
6 to 8 meters
Plant Spread or Width:
4 to 6 meters
Plant Form:
Upright or Erect

Plant Description:

Sesbania grandiflora, also known as the "clammy weed" or "vegetable hummingbird," is a species of small tree or shrub in the pea family (Fabaceae). It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, but it has been introduced to many other parts of the world and has become a common weed in some areas. The plant can grow up to 20 feet tall, and it has large, showy, bright yellow flowers that are often used in traditional medicine and as a source of yellow dye. The leaves are also edible and are used as a leaf vegetable in some parts of the world, typically in asia and Africa. The seeds of the tree are used to extract oil and used for food purposes and also the bark of tree is used in many traditional medicine practices. It is also used in landscaping and ornamental horticulture due to its attractive flowers and fast growth.

Growing tips:

Sesbania grandiflora, also known as the large flowered sesbania or the agati, is a flowering plant that is native to tropical Asia. It is a fast-growing tree that can reach a height of 30-40 feet.

To care for Sesbania grandiflora, it is best grown in full sun and well-drained soil. It is also tolerant of a wide range of soil types, as long as the soil is kept consistently moist. It is sensitive to frost and should be protected from cold temperatures. It also will grow well with irrigation and can tolerate being waterlogged.

Fertilize regularly with a balanced fertilizer or well-rotted manure.

It flowers during summer and fall with red, pink, or white pea-like flowers, that are large and attractive. Sesbania grandiflora is propagated by seed, or by hardwood or semi-hardwood cuttings.

In general, it is a strong, drought-tolerant tree that is easy to grow, making it a popular choice for agroforestry systems, soil stabilization, and as an ornamental plant.


Sesbania grandiflora, also known as the large flowered sesbania or the agati, is a plant that offers a wide range of benefits. Some of the most notable benefits of this plant include:

  1. Nitrogen fixation: Sesbania grandiflora is a leguminous plant, which means that it is capable of fixing nitrogen from the air. This makes it an excellent plant for improving soil fertility, which in turn can benefit other plants that are grown in the same area.

  2. Soil stabilization: Sesbania grandiflora is also a popular choice for soil stabilization, as its deep root system helps to prevent erosion and maintain the integrity of slopes and riverbanks.

  3. Agroforestry: Sesbania grandiflora is often used in agroforestry systems, as its fast-growing habit and ability to fix nitrogen make it an excellent crop for improving soil fertility and providing shade for other crops.

  4. Ornamental: The plant also has a pretty and bright flowers that can be used in ornamental gardens and landscaping

  5. Food: The young leaves, seed pods, and flowers are edible and used as vegetable in some cultures

  6. Medicinal: Sesbania grandiflora has a long history of medicinal use. The leaves, bark, and flowers are used to treat a wide range of ailments, including fever, asthma, and snakebite.

  7. Biomass: Sesbania grandiflora is also grown for biomass production as it is a fast growing tree. It can be used for fuel, paper and for other industrial use.

  8. Fodder: Sesbania grandiflora has also been used as a source of fodder for cattle, goats, and sheep.