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Senna multijuga, also known as False Sicklepod, is a small to medium-sized tree native to Brazil and Guyana. The tree can reach a height of 10 to 20 feet and has a rounded, wide crown. It is characterized by pinnate leaves composed of 5-15 pairs of leaflets and yellow or orange showy flowers. It attracts both butterflies and hummingbirds and blooms in spring and summer throughout the year.
Senna multijuga is relatively easy to care for and does not require much water. It is moderately drought-tolerant and needs well-drained soil. This type of shrub can withstand extreme temperatures, is cold hardy, and can tolerate temperatures reaching 30s degrees Fahrenheit for a short period of time and also freezes for a few hours. Those living in USDA Zones 9-11 will find it easy to grow and maintain this small tree. In colder regions it can be grown in pot.
Senna oliogophylla, also known as Outback Cassia, is a small shrub native to Australia. It has glossy green leaves and reddish stems, and boasts bright yellow flowers in the spring. After a few weeks, the orange-red seedpods are left behind, providing an attractive ornament to your garden. It can grow to be a couple of feet tall, making it suitable for those who have limited space.
This perennial flower is easy to care for and can tolerate a range of conditions. It prefers full sun to semi-shaded spots, and prefers moderate watering to keep its soil damp but not waterlogged. It can be grown in USDA zones 9-11, and it will flaunt its bright flowers from late April to June.
If you happen to live in a cooler place, OutbackCassia can still be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. You can make it grow indoors in a pot, however you'll need to provide it with some extra attention. Place your pot in a location that will receive between 2-4 hours of sunlight a day to replicate the conditions of its native environment. Keep the soil damp but not waterlogged, and feed it with a balanced fertilizer every few months.
Outback Cassia is a unique and versatile perennial flower, perfect for both experienced and novice gardeners. Its hardy nature, colorful bloom, and interesting seedpods make it a delightful addition to any garden.
Christmas senna is a small shrub native to Tropical America. Demonstrating one of its hardiest characteristics, the plant typically grows 2-5 feet tall, with evergreen foliage and an abundance of yellow, orange flowers. Though Christmas senna can tolerate full sun, it prefers semi-shade, and will most likely experience full flowering potential when planted in dappled to full shade, with regular to moderate water. Though the plant can not tolerate cold, it does still perform in colder climates as long as it is kept in a pot, providing the roots are kept warm.
Christmas senna is often referred to as one of the most beautiful flowering plants. As such, it's an ideal choice for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies as they flock towards the bright and vibrant colors of its blooms. But, if you want to enjoy the beauty of this species, frequent pruning and pinching of the young shoots are necessary during the growing season to encourage branching and ensure a successful bloom. And, while larger specimens may require staking to keep them upright, the effort put into tending to Christmas senna is truly worth it. The tall and brightly colored blooms of this delicate flower will transform any outdoor space into one of tranquility and beauty.
Christmas senna is best grown in USDA Zones 9-11, and as long as you satisfy its needs for semi-shade, regular to moderate water, and warmth in colder climates, you can enjoy its beautiful, yellow and orange blooms for years to come.
A small tree with a beautiful cascading habit, tiny leaves, suitable for pot culture and bonsai. This early bloomer produces 1" yellow flowers. Flowers: fall to spring. Excels in toughest conditions, chosen as plant of the year in 1999 by the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Associations. The desert cassia requires little to no care and is drought tolerant. Propagated from seed. There are no pests or diseases associated with this tree. Attracts butterflies. Other names: Cassia biflora, Cassia marginata, Cassia microphylla, Cassia polyphylla, Cassia tenuissima, Peiranisia polyphylla