Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mimosa Tree... NOT

Sept, 10...

Latest Update and I think the winner: Randy Emmitt has come along yet again to let me know that "Sesbania Exaltata" is correct!

And guess what Tina, you were correct when you said it looked like Hemp to you!

The common name "IS" Hemp Sesbania. Click HERE to see the information on this difficult for me to ID plant....

Thanks to everyone for playing along with me on this plant, In The Garden...

Update: I am on another lead folks! Ain't blogging Grand? The Rainforest Gardener, has put my attention on Sesbania Sericea being an invasive in Florida. After looking it up on the Internet, (Click Here to see) this may be my plant. At this point, I don't know what I have, I'M SOOOO CONFUSED!!!

By Skeeter

Remember me talking about me having a possible Mimosa Tree in my Georgia Garden? (Click HERE to refresh your memory). I was out of my garden for a bit after that posting and returned to find some more to the mystery plant. Yellow buds. The yellow buds open to form this tiny flower. The mystery is slowly solving itself to me. Randy Emmitt was the commenter that brought the Cassia Plant to my attention. Click HERE to view Randy and Megs Garden Paradise. Randy is very knowledgeable on butterflies thus he informs me the Cassia is host to the Cloudless Sulfur which I see in my garden often. As I went out to snap a pic today, I spotted 3 of them fluttering around my gardens. They were too busy to stop for me to capture a photo of them. Click HERE to see Randy's pictures of this beauty. I have never heard of a Cassia before Randy mentioning it. The beauty of blogging is, learning something new every time I go to a blog. I do believe I have a Cassia in my Georgia Gardens! See how the leaves fold up in the evening hours? I find that interesting and wonder is this normal or due to our hot dry weather lately?
Also look at the pea type pods they are producing. I have no idea which Cassia plant I have growing in the garden but everything I have read about them tells me that seeds within this pod are poisonous! Yikes...I don't know if they are short lived or not but the leaves on this one are starting to turn yellow in color. This Cassia has only been in my garden for about a month so she sure does grow quickly. This plant is not harming anything to my knowledge so I think I will let her hang around a bit more and see what happens in the weeks to come...

Thanks to Randy for enlightening my knowledge a bit on the Cassia. A MIMOSA TREE... NOT, In the Garden...

Words and Photos Property of In the Garden Blog Team, In the Garden


  1. I believe they reseed freely as well. We have them pop up all over town like they smell like coffee to you?

  2. Glad you got it identified. It's very cool that blogging teaches us so much and kudos to Randy for identifying it!

  3. Tina,

    Yes that is the plant I suggested it was. I was told what it is on the 28th and quickly forgot. I'll e mail my friend to get the name I come up blank on getting the ID in Radfords.

    I have some really nice photos of it from the 28th.

  4. This is a nice surprise, Skeeter. I've seen the Cassia on some other blogs, but really don't know much about it. Bloggers are the best for sharing knowledge, aren't they?!

  5. You know I think I have one of those that came up in our backyard! The yellow buds and the long seed pods look the same. I was wondering!

  6. That's pretty neat. I'm glad you figured it out.

  7. Its wonderful how blogs are so educative! Especially since bloggers are so helpful and always ready to be generous with their knowledge.

  8. A mystery in the garden is good, especially this time of year.

  9. Hey Skeeter,
    Thanks for the EPIC comment you left on my blog.
    About your Mimosa tree, NOT.....That is why I love blogging, You always learn new things. I love how each person brings something new to the table to share.

  10. Good Morning everyone! Looking for rain in my GA yard but not seeing any. I was out watering yesterday...

    Darla, I have not noticed a coffee scent in the garden but have been smelling a banana scent in the general area. So much so that I came in and ate a banana after watering yesterday! lol...

    Tina, Yep, this blogging sure is informative girl. Thanks for getting me started with Garden Blogging!

    Randy, Skeeter here today, we so confuse you all at times dont we, hee hee... When you mentioned it was host to Sulfurs, that got my attention. I have so many cloudless sulfurs in the yard right now. I may let one of these Cassia remain in the garden year round for them to enjoy…

    Rose, Yes, blogging is awesome for garden knowledge! I knew nothing of this plant and with blogging about it, I know a bit more…

    Dave, Now you know! I will try to keep this one around for the Sulfur Butterflies as this is a host plant. It does not seem to be taking over just yet so will be fine where it is located for now…

    Missy, Blogging is grand in that it teaches us so much! I have seen these as seedlings for years but thought they were Mimosa and now I know differently…

    Sunita, Yes, Bloggers are the best when help is needed. Quick to share a seed or knowledge. Such nice people gardeners…

    Joey, I always say I enjoy a good mystery in the garden! LOL, sometimes not such a nice mystery but fun to try and solve. I like to put out the challenge to get your minds a working….

  11. Rosey, Epic Comment, you crack me up girl. Sorry about being so chatty. My mom calls me the Mouth of the South. hee hee...

  12. I had one of those pop up in my yard in Florida. I loved it because it's leaves closed up at night and if it rained and it was fairly long blooming. I know it is a bad reseeder but I didn't care. Enjoy it!


  13. Glad Randy was able to help you with the id on this cool plant. :)

  14. It looks like a pretty tree. I've never heard of it before. It has a lot of interesting features.

  15. Thanks loads Skeeter. Now I know what I have. Only one popped up in my rose garden. I've let it be to watch it. I do have the yellow blooms & it closes up at night but haven't noticed any seed pods.
    My neighbor planted some wild flowers & these were in his bed/garden. He had his pulled up & boy do they have some large roots. I had never seen them before. They are strange looking. I've learned something today & that's good.

  16. That's great you were able to find out what your tree was. I've never heard of that, but then there's millions of things I've never heard of. ;-)
    I agree, that is one of the great things about blogging, how much I learn.

  17. I hate to rain on your parade, but this is a VERY invasive plant here in north florida, so I would be extra vigilant in making sure it doesn't reseed. Its actually called Sesbania sericea and to be honest I would probably destroy it. At least let your local extension know about it.
    On a brighter note, I just found your blog and will be coming back! Yay!

  18. I love how the leaves close up a night. Glad you got and id on it.

  19. Skeeter,

    I got the name of the plant from NC botanical expert, it is Sesbania exaltata. See this page on it

  20. Skeeter, The sericea is only hardy in Florida. The exaltata is what you have. Check these pages for data on growth range. sericea:


    At first I thought the two might be the same as the botanical names are often used interchangeably but that is not the case. Both of these websites have synonyms for the botanical terms and the maps should clear up any confusion. I believe both are identified as weeds and both can be invasive in areas as we all know. Hope this helps;)

    Raining here-YAHOOOOOOOO!

  21. Thanks Randy and everyone else for your input on this mystery plant! It has been fun trying to figure it out over the past few weeks....

    Everyone have a great weekend!

  22. How funny I missed you Tina. lol.... Yep, Randy straighten it out for me. What fun it was trying to figure out this mystery.

  23. I love that we can post pictures and there always seems to be someone that knows the answer. There are so many knowledgeable bloggers out there. Glad you got your id.