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Cassia nemophila

Cassia nemophila
desert cassia
Cassia nemophila
Cool irregularly shaped seedpods developing early May

Synonym(s) Senna nemophila
Common name desert cassia
Family fabaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z7)
Flowers yellow (early spring)
Size 6-8'
Light sun
Cultural notes well drained soil
From seed scarify, sow at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Fast-growing evergreen shrub native to Australia with needle-like leaves extending like a jagged network to charming effect. In late winter or early spring, it produces an abundance of yellow pea-like flowers. The brown papery seedpods remain after flowering. May be sheared or pruned to enhance its naturally rounded form. Oddly, although its specific name nemophila means "woodland-loving", this species prefers full sun and plenty of heat.

desert cassia
Just planted, Nov 2018
Cassia nemophila
Grown nicely, Sept 2019
desert cassia
Catching the sun in late December
Cassia nemophila
Shiny, brown-black seeds ripen late May

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '20 garden. File-nicked, baggy 70F (76%G, 7-12d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (33%G, 5d)
  3. Seed from '22 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 70F (100%G, 5-17d)

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