Acacia concinna | Shikakai | Soap Pod | 10_Seeds

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These are seeds from Acacia concinna, also known as Shikakai, and Soap-Pod. The seed pods from this plant are used as cleansers, soaps and shampoos. This plant is known for attracting a wide variety of wasps, birds, bees, and butterflies. The seeds, leaves, and flowers are edible and used in soups and chutneys. Young shoots are also pickles and eaten as vegetables. This is a larval host for the Forbes Silkmoth, Sphingicampa albolineata, Chinati sheepmoth, and Lebeaus rothschildia moth. It is also a larval host for the Mexican Yellow, Common Lascar, and Outis Skipper butterflies. This plant is also food for the Gray Ministreak butterfly. USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11.