Golden Cassia, Quebracho, Alcaparra

Senna condolleana, S. bicapsularis var. condolleana var. chilensis

Fabaceae

Golden Cassia, Quebracho, Alcaparra
Large clusters of deep golden yellow flowers are produced over an extended period in spring and summer on this naturally evergreen shrub to die-back perennial. The flowers of the Golden Cassia attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. In all regards this plant looks very similar to Cassia (or Senna) corymbosa but flowers in summer. The foliage may be used as a caterpillar food source for Yellows and Sulphur butterflies.

The Golden Cassia is a heat and sunloving tropical shrub that may act like a die-back perennial where winters remain much below freezing for any real length of time.

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-8'W

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B?)

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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral

Soil & Moisture: Average moist, moderately fertile, average to well-drained soils.

Fertilizing: Once growth commences in spring until midsummer.

Native To / Origin: Chile

See our Planting A New Plant, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, potting, and watering instructions

Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml

Price: $ 9.99
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