Fish Bean Not Like Catalpa
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Jacqui Mitchell
Posted on: September 08, 2005

A few years ago I ordered and planted some fish bean seeds from your catalogue. The trees are 2 ft high but the leaf does not look like a Catalpa. Did you have another variety?

We introduced fish bean in our 2002 catalogue but it was discontinued because of seed supply problems. It was not the fish bait or bean tree, Catalpa. Our fish bean was Tephrosia vogelii, a small shrub from the legume family. It is a source of rotenone, a natural insecticide.

Here is what Tephrosia vogelii should look like:

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