It isn't a particularly easy plant to photograph, though. Its position along the fence between us and our neighbor at the top of the slope stairway makes it difficult to find a good vantage point from which to take a picture. It has also gotten quite tall - over 7 feet tall at my rough estimate. It can grow 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide so its current placement isn't optimal. I may try pruning it to a more manageable size following the current bloom cycle.
|Picture taken from the far end of the dry garden, In a happy coincidence, the neighbor's Brugmansia, sporting similar floral color, is blooming again on the other side of the fence.|
|Picture taken from one of the stair steps below the Senna bicapsularis|
Taxonomists have yet to agree on whether this shrub should be considered part of the Cassia or Senna genus. There also seems to be some confusion as to whether or not it should be classified as an invasive plant. One source holds that its invasive label is undeserved and attributable to confusion between this plant and Senna pendula var. glabrata. I can only say that, after 2 years in my garden, I've seen no sign whatsoever of rampant self-seeding.
This evergreen plant is native to the northern part of South America and the West Indies. The bright yellow flowers attract butterflies and bees. It provides larval food for the Sulphur butterfly.
|The flower buds look like small yellow marbles|
It prefers regular water, although in my experience it can tolerate a little drought. Reportedly, it can be grown in USDA zone 8 as a perennial. It is winter hardy in USDA zones 9-11. Senna (Cassia) bicapsularis is my contribution to Loree's favorite plants meme at danger garden. You can check here for her choices for plants of the week.
Oh, and from my home to yours, Happy Halloween!