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Cassia alata (Candlestick Plants)

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Life: Perennial

Size: 8'

Light: Full Sun

Water: Moist, Well Drained, Moderately Drought Tollerant

Soil: Acidic to Mildly Alkaline, but Not Picky

Reclassified as Senna alata. A member of the legume family, its large leaves will fold up at night and the numerous blooms are borne in long, upright spikes of waxy, bright yellow buds that resemble fat candles before the flowers open (and an individual opened blossom looks like a piece of buttered popcorn!). It is a very quick grower and will flower in the first year. Winter frosts may freeze off only the top of the plant, or it may be damaged partway down the thick trunk, but it should return without much trouble in the spring. Caterpillars of the sulphur butterflies, which are as yellow as the blooms, will use it as a food source; don't worry about them too much, as the plant will make plenty of leaves and buds to spare.