Senna Didymobotrya and Senna Floribunda belong to the Leguminosae family of leguminous plants. The Senna originates from Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.
Senna Didymobotrya is a very elegant and unusual flowering plant. It produces yellow flowers three to four centimetres long which bloom from the bottom up. The flower buds are covered in brownish black bracts. The pistil and stamens in the open flower are huge. The plant has an amusing nickname: it is also known as the ‘Peanut Butter Tree’ on account of the scent that is given off when you rub its leaves. Rub the leaves and you will smell the distinct scent of peanut butter on your fingers.
Senna Floribunda will look a picture on your patio or balcony. The eye-catching, abundant, yellow flowers will give you pleasure all summer long.
Where to put the plant on your patio or balcony
Both types make ideal patio or balcony plants. You should put them in a reasonably sunny spot. They like a lot of light but not direct sunlight. You should also make sure that they are sheltered from the wind in order to protect them against aphids and leaf burn.
Caring for your Senna
The Senna needs a lot of water, especially if the weather is hot when you should water your plant almost every day. Keep the pot and root ball nice and moist. Make sure that excess water can drain off from the pot. You can do this by using a pot with a hole in the bottom. Because the Senna is an abundantly flowering plant, it will also need extra food. Feeding your plant every fourteen days is sufficient. If your plant has any long branches, you can prune these in good time in order to ensure that it retains its original shape.