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Desert Cassia

Senna nemophila

In stock

1 gallon; 5 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Desert Adapted

Water needs:

Low

Exposure:

Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun; Reflected Heat

3-6’x3-6’

Fast

Flower color:

Flower season:

Pruning:

Yellow

Spring

None required

Wildlife

Monarchs:

No

Nectar pollinators:

Yes

Nighttime pollinators:

No

Rabbit resistant:

Yes

Native to Australia, this rounded evergreen shrub has bright green needle-like leaves that provide a light feathery appearance. In early spring masses of yellow pea-like flowers bloom followed by brown papery seedpods that persist on the plant

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 

 

Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.

 

Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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