Senna mexicana var. chapmanii
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Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11
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Chapman's Sensitive Plant, Bahama Senna
Also known as Cassia chapmanii
|Size:||2-4 ft tall by 3-6 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Short-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen but goes semi-dormant in drought or cold. Blooms all year in south Florida. Typically lives 3-5 years.|
|Habitats:||Pine rocklands, rocky hammocks, dunes. Typically in sunny areas.|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen shrub. Can be a border plant or planted in a mass.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray Tolerance:||Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).|
|Soil/Substrate:||Lime rock, Sand|
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.