Senna alata (L.) Roxb.

Emperor’s Candlesticks, Candlebush, Ringworm Senna

Flowers Hills and Dales GA

Flowers Hills and Dales GA


Family: Leguminosae

Genus: Senna

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 9 to 11

Size: To 8' tall and 4' spread

Exposure: Sun, Winter In


Winter hardy in zones 9 to 11 but grown as an annual elsewhere. Seeds from mature plants are collected in autumn and sown in winter indoors. Flowers are upright, yellow, resembling candlesticks in summer to autumn, followed by seedpods to 8" long. Leaves pinnately compound, green to 30" long, 7 to 14 pairs of leaflets.


Published in Fl. Ind. (Carey & Wallich ed.) 2 in 1824.

Native to Brazil, northern South America and Colombia.

Basionym Cassia alatamaha L.

Also known as 'Ringworm Senna (Cassia)' because the leaves were used to treat ringworm.


My Experience: 

I was given a seedling in May 2012.

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