ALindheimer's Senna

ALindheimer's Senna

Lindheimer's Senna

Lindheimer's has been a go-to source for Senna information since 1907. They enjoy a special relationship with their customer, who has been with them since 1906.The fact that Lindheimer’s senna (Senna lindheimeriana) would grow under such conditions established for me its bona fides as a hardy Texas plant. If that were not enough, who could resist a plant that has a common name of Puppy-dog ears? Its other common names of Velvet leaf senna and Velvet-leaf wild sensitive-plant enforce the impression that there is a softness about its leaves that is appealing. But it reminds me of that old phrase of “an iron hand in a velvet glove.”


Lindheimer’s senna makes everyone’s Central Texas list of a recommended landscape plant. It versatility in sun or part shade, its dry nature and its beauty make it desirable. It is a host plant for the Sleepy Orange butterfly and it may be of special significance to bumble bees. Its seeds, which grow in a pod, signal that the plant is in the Pea Family. Birds and other wildlife eat the seeds.The compounds responsible for the toxicity of Senna are unknown. Lindheimer senna is very unpalatable and is consumed only in unusual circumstances. The plant has not been proven toxic by experimental feeding trials, but has been implicated in bovine deaths. I

n one case, cows from the Midwest were transported to the Hill Country and turned out in a small pasture containing a large amount of lindheimer senna. The hungry animals consumed a large amount of the plant, then displayed a clinical syndrome typical of coffee senna poisoning. Examined after death, they also had similar muscle lesions.This is the first year Lindheimer's Senna has appeared voluntarily in the circle garden and I couldn't be more pleased that this drought tolerant, deer resistant native plant has decided to grow in the garden. It grows in full sun without supplemental water and I have read that it also does well in part shade. Because it is a deciduous perennial I know it will continue to grow here and possibly seed out in other spots around the garden. Tina at My Gardener Says..wrote a post recently about growing this plant in her garden. (Source: rockoakdeer.blogspot.com)



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