Candlestick Senna

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Candlestick Senna

Cassia alata
Candlestick Senna, Candlebrush, Talantala, Barajo
3

5 feet
3

5 feet
Tropical Americas, Asia, and Africa
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Medium
  • Flowering
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun. Candlestick is a big, fast-growing, tropical shrub — it grows annually in San Antonio (since, without sufficient protection, it dies to the ground in winter). Still, in a single summer it may grow to a surprisingly large size. Candlebrush is easily recognized by terminal clusters of cup-shaped golden flowers and pinnate, rounded leaves. Although it is often short lived, it self-sows freely and there are usually plenty of seedlings the next season. Candlebrush attracts butterflies and serves as a larval host for various sulphur butterflies.

Maintenance

Candlestick grows swiftly to large size in a single growing season, but it rarely survives winter in Texas.

Features

Plant Type:
Annuals
Size:
3-5' H, 3-5' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
July, August, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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