This attractive deciduous tree with a rounded, spreading crown and pale bark produces showy, fragrant, Mimosa-like, cream or yellowish-white flowers with numerous long stamens, which open in rounded clusters near the stem tips. Impressive, long, flat linear pods, persist after leaf-fall, the local name "Woman's tongues" referring to the sound the seeds make as they rattle inside the pods. In ancient Tamil culture, the flowers were made into a crown and were used to welcome home victorious soldiers. In traditional medicine, it is also psychoactive and an astringent and is also used by some cultures to treat boils, coughs, to treat the eye, influenza, gingivitis, lung problems, pectoral problems, and is used as a tonic.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and should be sown into a well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered thinly with sand or grit and kept moist. Keep at between 20-25 degrees C. Seeds sometimes germinate within 4 to 6 weeks although some varieties may take very much longer so please be patient. Plant out in the open ground in warmer countries or in a large container elsewhere.
Common name:Lebbeck, Flea Tree, Frywood, Koko, Woman's tongue
Classification:Half hardy tree, Greenhouse perennial
Packet Content:10 large seeds (Approx)