Happy Yellows: Senna artemisioides

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I love the colour combination of grey and yellow especially when its in the garden and is on a lone flowering plant! Senna artemisioides grows on well-drained sandy soils in a variety of habitats, through out many states located inland  Australia.

Senna artemisioides grows to between 1 and 3 metres tall and can get to roughly the same width, it will happily grow in part shade as seen in the images here.

It is a fast growing shrub that attracts insects and small birds, it is best kept dense with regular tip pruning as this will also increase the life of the plant.

Senna artemisioides suits naturalistic plantings or even cottage style gardens where light foliage and bright rampant flowers are appreciated. It makes an excellent ‘beginner’ plant for gardeners as it is a reliable grower, and it is just that perfect shade of ‘happy’ sunny yellow bursting through before winters end!



2 responses to “Happy Yellows: Senna artemisioides”

  1. Carolyn

    I live in Alice Springs.
    I love My Cassia plants (senna atemetosis/ filifolia)
    But I am leaving. I wish to prune the plants back hard without harming them.
    The branches are important for smoking sacred cleansing rituals

    Do you have any advice please on how I can prune my Senna’s back.. without causing the plants to die or suffer?

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Carolyn,

      I believe you can give Senna species a light prune after flowering, I am not confident that cutting them back hard would be successful.

      Best Wishes,


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