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Candle Bush (Senna alata), potted plant, organic

$20.00

Family:  Legume (Fabaceae)

Hardy to Zones 9 to 11, otherwise grown as an annual

(Candlebush, Ringworm Shrub, Emperor’s Candlesticks, Cassia alata) Evergreen bush to 12 feet tall, native to Mexico.  The inflorescence is upright, columnar, and bright yellow, resembling a burning candle.  This is a proud plant, with uplifted branches of compound leaves and a thick, knobbly stem.  The leaves close up in the dark, and the flower glows in the light.  Traditional uses (TWM):  Fungicidal, laxative.  Source of chryosophanic acid, an anthraquinone molecule that has potential in the treatment of colon cancer.  Plant prefers standard garden soils and sun.  The plant may act like an herbaceous perennial in colder zones, dying down to the crown after frost and coming back in the spring. Space plants 6 feet apart.

Potted plant, certified organically grown

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  1. Question

    Akino

    I’m in the Appalachian/piedmont area. (zone 7) Cassia Alana should be grown in the pot inside? Or do they survive outside lower 20degrees? We have snowy days in January.
    It’s amazing you have all the plants I wish to have!! Thank you, Akino.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi akino, I had this question in mind when I left one of my larger potted S alata outdoors this year, to see if it would overwinter in my zone 7 garden. It rapidly declined, so think the answer is that they will not survive to 20 degrees and that they are best brought in for the winter. richo,

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