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Plants of the UNF Campus

Senna alata - Candlestick cassia
Family Fabaceae


About sixty species of Senna are native around the world. Previously, this genus was lumped together with the genus, Cassia. The candlestick cassia is native to Central and South America. The bold, compound foliage stands out in the landscape. Bright yellow flowers emerge from tall, unbranched spikes of covered in yellow bracts in late summer and fall. The larvae of sulphur butterflies feed on this and other Senna species. It is used by people in some parts of its range for anti-fungal properties.


See plants along UNF Drive near parking garage 44 and in the circle east of building 51.


Large shrub to ten feet or more in height.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: adaptable, drought tolerant once established

Soil: average garden soil

Temperatures in the low to mid-twenties will kill this plant to the ground. In Jacksonville, it usually resprouts from the ground in the following spring.