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Is my cassia a dud?

Posted by irma_stpete z9 FL (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 16, 14 at 17:54

For butterflies, I planted 2 identical bushes 2or3 years ago, now 5 feet tall, in 4-hr full sun & bright light rest of day. In summer had only 1 or 2 single flowers, 1 or 2 caterpillars. Twice, I saw a yellow sulfur circle one but not alight on it.

One has one green pod like a greenbean - not flat.

Leaves are rounded and in pairs of 4 or 3 (see below...which is mine?)

Per UofF site: "Any plant you purchase from a nursery should be Senna bicapsularis, but it's a good idea to double-check that you aren't buying the invasive Senna pendula var. glabrata.
Senna bicapsularis has 3 pairs of leaflets on each leaf and flower stalks that are 0.12-0.2 inches long, while Senna pendula has 4-7 pairs of leaflets on each leaf and flower stalks that are 0.08 inches or longer."

So, not enough sun? With age the pairs of leaves will multiply? Wrong plant?


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No picture?


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RE: Is my cassia a dud?

I had one that just wouldn't grow for me. It got up to about 3 feet and stopped growing and like you I would get one or
two flowers. I dug it up and pitched it!


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RE: Is my cassia a dud?

  • Posted by four 9B (near 9a) (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 21, 14 at 0:53

> Posted by irma_stpete
> Leaves... pairs of 4 or 3
> which is mine?

I question the accuracy of that UF information about the leaves.
In any case we do not need it, because you mentioned :
> In summer had... flowers
which means not bicapsularis.

> not enough sun?

The 4-hr probably is a limiting factor;
nevertheless your plant is not doing badlly.
Mine, which gets longer sun, did not flower until taller than 5'.
No pods came.
Pods the following year (2013 end), at which time the height was 8'.

Yesterday I picked two of the four. Brown, and slight splitting when squeezed.
The seeds' greenness and moistness give me to think that they are immature.
I would appreciate confirmation or contradiction by someone who knows the appearance of mature pendula seeds..


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