Agati – Sesbania grandiflora – Sesbania grandiflorus or Agati grandiflora.
The ultimate in ‘Edible Flowers’.
This is the red form.
At present our whites are still suffering from frost damage and will not produce seed for at least another season or two.
It is a light canopied, fast growing tree with edible leaves and flowers and as such satisfies the gardener and the gourmet.
When in flower, it is particularly showy.
Extremely good in Thai cooking.
It has a long history of medicinal use and is undergoing trials in the Netherlands as a cancer treatment.
It will tolerate pruning once established and can be quite easily maintained, requiring little or no fertilising.
While it can withstand dryness once established, it prefers reasonably wet soil to settle.