Senna ligustrina

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Privet Senna, Privet Wild Sensitive Plant

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Size:4-8 ft tall by 3-6 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen shrub.
Propagation:Seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
  

Larval host plant for cloudless sulphur (Phoebis sennae), sleepy orange (Eurema nicippi) and the introduced orange-barred sulphur (Phoebis philea) butterflies. A gland at the base of the leaves attracts ants that attack the butterfly caterpillars (IRC)

Sennas attract butterflies, solitary bees including sweat bees and bumble bees, as pollinators.

Native Habitats:Hammocks, disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Because it's a legume it can grow in poor soils, but does better with added organic matter.