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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-16

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limestone senna

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Limestone senna

Since we seem to have beans on the brain lately, how about a bean tree? It looks like these beans are not edible, but the tree they grow on is spectacular in bloom. And according to the article at that link, the trees may have some medicinal purposes, including antibacterial substances in the leaves. Limestone senna likes a tropical climate, so it's happiest in Zones 9 through 11. If you're interested in growing one of these trees, there's more detailed information here.
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