Native Sennas

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Native Sennas

October 3, 2021 Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardening Florida Natives Flowering Shrubs Uncategorized 0
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Two native Sennas to consider if you want to attract the Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae) to your garden. The first naturally occurs in 19 Florida counties including Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys. This would be Senna ligustrina or the Privet Senna. It flowers periodically throughout the year and has an upright growth habit up to 8 feet tall. The second is Senna mexicana var. chapmanii or Chapman’s Senna. This species only occurs in Miami-Dade County and The Florida Keys and is considered threatened. It only flowers in the fall and is much more shrub like than Senna ligustrina. It may attain a height of 5 feet and grow equally wide or wider than 5 feet. Both are host plants for the Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly.

Richard Lyons Nursery has both of these Senna species currently in stock.