Desert plants have such a mystery about them. To the average viewer they can look like the bones of plants that once were. It's when nature does its thing that these dead plants take on a new dimension. Suddenly they look fresh and alive. In the case of Senna artemisioides, that dimension is twofold. The easiest affect felt by this plant is when it sparks up sumptuous sundrops of color in the form of buttercup-like blossoms. The look is energetically exhilarating and jovial. It's as if Senna artemisioides, otherwise known as Silver Cassia or Feathery Cassia, has been lying still, almost invisible, then all of the sudden it radiates with such a triumphant happiness you can't help but close your eyes and feel its embrace. Sounds a bit cheesy, I know, but its true.
Another beautiful aspect of this plant is the fact that its architecture is adorned with feathery slivers of salted silver foliage. The look is soft and elegantly airy. As for the blossoms, after blazing their brilliance they transform into playfully slender chocolate colored pods giving this silent silver shrub another colorful dimension.
Senna artemisioides is a fast growing evergreen or ever-silver shrub that comes to us from Australia. It loves full sun to light shade, good drainage, low to moderate water (leaves will turn yellow if you overwater it), and is hardy to 15 degrees. It is also tolerates high temps and can grow to 6 feet tall and wide. You can always prune it to keep smaller. So for anyone interested in something gracefully sophisticated for a dry garden this Senna is for you. Let it shine its desert (de)lights on you.