Catalpa Bignonioides "Indian Bean Tree" Seeds
Catalpa Bignonioides "Indian Bean Tree" Seeds

Catalpa Bignonioides "Indian Bean Tree" Seeds

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CATALPA BIGNONIOIDES

“Indian Bean Tree”

 

Family: Bignoniaceae

 

Ideal sowing temp: 18-25C

 

Position:  Firm the soil gently and sow the seeds on the surface -they must have light. 

 

Preparation: Soak in water for 24hrs then drain and mix with a little dry sand.   

 

Sowing: 1mm deep.  Cover very lightly with soil.

 

Care:  Gently water and cover with plastic to encourage humidity.  Keep at room temperature.  Remove cover after 30 days and allow to grow naturally in full sun.  Keep weed-free and moist.

 

Sprouting: 7-14 days. 

 

Native to the southeastern United States in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Common names include southern catalpa, cigartree, and Indian-bean-tree. A medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 18m, with a trunk up to 1m in diameter, with brown to gray bark.

Widely grown as an ornamental tree and has the distinction of producing some of the showiest flowers of all the American native trees.

Reasonably free from fungal diseases and having few insect enemies, it prefers moist soil and full sun.  Easily raised from seeds which germinate early in the first season, it also multiplies readily from cuttings.

The wood is brittle and hard, but does not rot easily; it is used for fence posts and railroad ties. Catalpa bignonioides contains varying levels of iridoid glycosides that deter generalist herbivores, but which are tolerated by and concentrated in Ceratomia catalpae caterpillars. These caterpillars have a longstanding ecological relationship with the tree, and may defoliate a tree three or more times in a summer without killing it. Fishing enthusiasts prize the caterpillars as bait, particularly for catfish, and may freeze them for months after collecting them in the spring". - wikipedia 2018

The Chakra Garden cannot take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. 

Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.

"Medicinal Uses

Plants For A Future cannot take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Antidote  Antiseptic  Cardiac  Laxative  Ophthalmic  Sedative  Vermifuge

 

A tea made from the bark has been used as an antiseptic, antidote to snake bites, laxative, sedative and vermifuge. As well as having a sedative effect, the plant also has a mild narcotic action, though it never causes a dazed condition. It has therefore been used with advantage in preparations with other herbs for the treatment of whooping cough in children, it is also used to treat asthma and spasmodic coughs in children. The bark has been used as a substitute for quinine in treating malaria. The leaves are used as a poultice on wounds and abrasions. A tea made from the seeds is used in the treatment of asthma and bronchitis and is applied externally to wounds. The pods are sedative and are thought to have cardioactive properties. Distilled water made from the pods, mixed with eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) and rue (Ruta graveolens) is a valuable eye lotion in the treatment of trachoma and conjunctivitis."  Medicinal information retrieved from PFAF 20 March 2020

 

The Chakra Garden cannot take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. 

Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.

 

****Please note: these are seeds (we are NOT selling these as live plants. Quarantine restrictions and costs prohibit us from selling these seeds to WA, Tas, and Internationally.


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