Sesame (Sesamum orientale)

Warm Season

Sesame is a late maturing upright annual oilseed broadleaf. It is a medium tall plant (one to two meters, four to six feet) with good drought tolerance, but need adequate moisture to get established. Sesame will not tolerate flooding. It has a strong fibrous root system that helps mellow out tight soils. It does best under warm nights and low humidity. Fertilizer requirements are moderate, similar to oats. C:N ratios tend to be over 24:1, so will add some soil armour. If seeded when nights are warm, it establishes quickly and competes well with weeds and other cover crop species. Plants are not frost tolerant nor saline tolerant.

Seeds per pound: 140,000 Seeds/sq ft/pound 3.8


  • Erosion control
  • Soil builder
  • Nitrogen scavenger
  • Weed suppression
  • Grazing potential
  • Hay potential
  • Pollinator attractor


  • Drought tolerance
  • Summer growth




Unknown. Potential.


Unknown. Potential.

Mycorrhizal support? Yes