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What Plant Has A Long Seed Pod, Tear-shaped Seeds & Yellow Flowers?

Ask the Expert: what type of plant is this
It has a mimosa type leaf system. Yellow flowers.Triangular seeds. see pictures. Tom

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert reply:
From your description and the pictures above, I believe the plant is a type of Cassia. It is probably a Cassia alata – Senna alata, commonly referred to a Emperor’s Candlesticks. This plant is a tropical plant hardy in zone 10-12 and native to Argentina. It requires full-sun and regular to moderate watering and a need for good drainage. It produces golden yellow flowers late summer to autumn followed by seed pods that can range from 6″ to 12″ in length.

Cassia is a genus of over 500 species of annuals and perennials as well as deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen shrubs.  Most of which have pinnate leaves and loosely bowl-shaped flowers. Most Cassia are tropical and need warmer climates.

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  1. I saw a group of tear shaped yellow flowers that have 5-6 foot stem. The stems look like the stem of a tulip with a cross over is sunflower shaped. The stem is not willow at all but straight. The stem is bright green with very little in the way of leaves. I saw this flower in zone 5 (Northern Part). Does anyone know what kind of flower I saw? Thanks in advance.

  2. Maggie,
    A picture would help. Beside being tear-shaped what does the bloom look like – small, large, flat-faced, clustered together or single blooms, etc.

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