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Lindheimer's Senna

Senna lindheimeriana

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
3-5' × 1-3'
Flowering Season June-September
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F (dies back with first frost)
Leaf Description Leaves divided into 4-8 leaflets
Fruit Bean pods with disk like brown seeds
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Elevation Range 4500-5500 ft.
Description This is a Cochise County native found in canyons and rocky foothills in the Dragoon, Mule, and Chiricahua mountains. A reliable summer bloomer for low and mid elevation gardens this, species grows between 3-5 feet on thin stalks before displaying a profusion of yellow 5-petalled flowers followed by small legume pods which rapidly dry and split, spreading brown seeds around the garden where they may germinate with moisture. At the onset of winter frosts this plant will die back nearly to the ground, waiting for spring warmth to sprout new branches. Lindheimer's senna makes a great addition to butterfly gardens as a nectar and larval source.