University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Cherokee Bean, Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea)

Cherokee bean is a shrub that attains a height of five to ten feet. The Cherokee bean has compound leaves that are alternate, semi-deciduous, light to medium green in color, and four to eight inches long. The leaflets are spade-shaped. Scarlet, tubular flowers are produced from April to June. The fruits of the Cherokee bean are drooping pods that split in the fall to reveal the beautiful, scarlet, poisonous seeds.