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Candlestick Plant Senna Alata Cassia Seeds
Packet of 15+ cool looking angular seeds!
This guy is an awesome ornamental and cut and drop fertilizer plant.
It grows into large dense bushes a couple meters wide and high and if you cut it back once a year or so it really bushes out nicely.
They produce heaps of large yellow flowers and the native bees and birds love it!
Known but a heap of names with some of them referencing it’s uses in traditional medicines.
Candlestick Senna or plant is probably the most common, but also ringworm shrub, christmas-candle, empress candle plant, emperor’s candlesticks, ringwormbush, ringworm senna, seven golden candles, yellowtop, akapulko, ath-thora, Cassia alata, Cassia alata L. var. perennis, Cassia alata L. var. rumphiana, Cassia bracteata, Cassia herpetica, Cassia rumphiana, or Herpetica alata.
I grow it purely as a soil improving ornamental and we cut it back hard regularly to use as mulch around other plants to hold the moisture and add fertiliser back to the soil.
Bulks up the soil adding humus and nutrition, helps control weeds and composts slowly over time like a slow release fertilizer.
It is used medicinally for a heap of different things overseas most commonly as a laxative, or intestinal wormer, but also for general cough and cold, and the sap is applied to the skin for the treatment of insect bites, ring worm, scabies, eczema, and worms.
It is also used for hypertension, malaria, fever, and for inducing abortion.
Like a lot of Cassia species the seeds and leaves are sometimes toasted and used as a coffee substitute and the young pods are cooked and eaten as a vegetable, but only in moderation and only as an emergency or famine food and having tried both I do not recommend it at all.
Fibrous, bitter, kinda slimy and at the same time soapy and waxy. Bleh!
Don’t do that folks…
Like I say, we don’t recommend any of that, and only sell the seeds as an ornamental, but as an ornamental it makes a pretty awesome choice!
Massive prolific yellow flowers and weird looking pods on a large dense bush.
Seeds are easy to grow but they do need to be put in a cup of warm water and left over night to soften before being planted in a nice sandy well draining soil mix.
Do that and you can’t go wrong in my experience.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!