Privet Cassia
Senna ligustrina

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Senna (SEN-nuh) (Info)
Species: ligustrina (lig-UST-ree-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Cassia ligustrina
Synonym:Cassia bahamensis
Synonym:Cassia turquinae

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bradenton, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Ellenton, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Fort Myers, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Largo, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Melbourne Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Pensacola, Florida (2 reports)

Sarasota, Florida

Wauchula, Florida

Winter Garden, Florida

Santa Fe, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 24, 2010, Peedeer from Melbourne Beach, FL wrote:

Short lived nice yellow flowers. This plant is constantly visited by sulphur butterflies. It Grows well nearby the beach in sandy alkaline soils, and is fairly drought tolerant. The seeds grow easily if sown from the dried pod formed post flower. The foliage clinches together at times, which is interesting.

Positive

On Sep 4, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

We have had this plant for several years. It has spread somewhat, but is not a problem. Here it blooms mid spring until winter. It is a lush and pleasant plant. In our sheltered area it is about 15 feet high, and has wound around a tree for support without choking the tree.

Neutral

On Oct 11, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This Florida native plant is short lived and short in stature but fast growing and tolerates frost and mild freezes well. Blooming from late Summer until late Spring, its a nice addition to a butterfly garden. It is a larval food and nectar plant for sulphur butterflies. The numerous seeds sprout readily. This is also a good choice for a fast growing temporary screen.