The Hummingbird Tree is a small, tropical tree in the legume family that has large, beautiful pinkish-red flowers and feathery, pinnate leaves. The flowers resemble hummingbirds in flight. The flowers, young bean pods and leaves are edible and are used as a vegetable throughout southeastern Asia. It is also known as the vegetable hummingbird and the agati sesbania. It has a fast growth rate. It is native to Malaysia and Australia. The root, leaf, bark, and flower all have medicinal properties. It is very attractive to pollinators and birds as well. In Asia, the wood is used like bamboo for light construction and in reforestation efforts and as a shade plant for coconut seedlings. It grows wild in tropical lowlands and fields and along roadsides. It is often grown as an ornamental in the tropics.
- The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
- Put the seeds on the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
- Water the seeds.
- Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.