Tags: Heirloom Open Pollinated
Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers
Latin Name: CASSIA ALATA/SENNA ALATA
ORGANIC SEEDS CANDLE STICK PLANT (CASSIA ALATA) EMPRESS CANDLE
Also known as Senna Alata
If you want to attract bumble bees to your garden, this is a great plant.
Other common names: Candelabra plant, Candle Stick Plant, Xmas Candle, Ring Worm Plant
Tropical Evergreen Ornamental shrub
Hardness zone: 9-11
Beautiful foliage and prolific blooms when happy. Use as a specimen piece or plant in hedges and points of interest. This plant is hardy once established and does not need a lot of attention.
Beautiful spears of bright yellow clusters is what gives this plant it common names.
Loves the sun, but will do OK in a little shade.
The leaves fold up at night.
Can get tall and lanky. Some of my plants have reached 10-12 feet high and will fall over in storms. Pinch tops to encourage fullness.
Attracts sulfur butterflies, bumble bees and other types of pollinating insects.
Some sources attributes numerous medical uses to the plant, thus one of the common names - ring worm plant. Sap from leaves is a fungicide and can treat ringworm according to some sources. I do not know.
Some chemicals in the plant are a common ingredient in soaps and shampoos, according to internet sources.
Will freeze in cold temperatures, but may come back from the root if an established plant.
PLEASE NOTE: I am a home gardener. The information I provide is for my growing zone, 9B, and may not work in other zones. Please do your own research on how to grow and maintain this item in your planting zone. Thank you.
Thank you for your interest and happy gardening.
Story of this Seed:
I have been growing this plant for about 15 years from seeds given to me by a friend. I love it. It is the best plant in my garden for attracting bumble bees and other pollinators.
The seeds are small and hard so pre soaking in room temperature water for several hours is of benefit. Pre moisten well draining potting mix of your choice. Place 1-2 seeds in each cell. Cover lightly with additional soil. Gently press to ensure good seed to soil contact.
Gently water very well. Place in a warm location and do not let the pots dry out.
Once the seedling is several inches tall and has 2-3 sets of leaves, transplant into larger containers or final growing location.
This is a beautiful plant that will definitely add a pop of bright color to the landscape.
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United States (Zone 9b)
Established in 2009
0.50 acres in production