Privet senna, Privet wild sensitive plant
Senna ligustrina
Fabaceae


Landscape Uses:

Buffer plantings.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Native plant nurseries.
Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).
Description:
Medium shrubby wildflower with erect stems and dark green leaves.
Height:
About 4-8 feet in height. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north to Brevard, Okeechobee and Levy counties; West Indies and Central America. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys and perhaps confined to Big Pine Key and nearby islands.
Habitats:
Forest edges.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Brown pod (legume) with light margins.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for cloudless sulphur (Phoebis sennae), sleepy orange (Eurema nicippi) and the introduced orange-barred sulphur (Phoebis philea) butterflies. A gland at the base of the leaves attracts ants that attack the butterfly caterpillars.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:


Susan Stocker
In habitat, Collier County, Florida, 2012
Susan Stocker
In habitat, Collier County, Florida, 2012
Susan Stocker
In habitat, Collier County, Florida, 2012
George D. Gann