5 PERUVIAN CANDLESTICK BUSH SEEDS
Candlestick tree' (Cassia alata), 'Candle bush' in other parts of the United States, is an old-fashioned, easily grown plant for the back of the border. It grows from 6 feet to as tall as 15 feet in height, and in the fall is covered with beautiful golden spikes of bloom. In the warmer parts of Texas such as the Gulf Coast area the Candlestick tree will last for several years, but should be trimmed back after flowering to maintain compactness. They root hardy under mild freezes unless the cold lasts longer than a day or two. These cassias (sometimes now referred to as Sennas) may be started from seed soaked overnight and planted outdoors in the spring after danger of frost is past. They are trouble-free growers which can endure a certain amount of neglect, and mix well as backdrops with other large plants such as Castorbeans.