American Senna Plant Information
American Senna grows in the following 24 states:Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia
Senna hebecarpa, with the common names American senna and wild senna, is a species of legume native to eastern North America.
The plant is found from the Great Lakes region and Maine southwards through the Eastern United States, in the Appalachian Mountains and Atlantic Plains, to Georgia.
It is found in moist open woodlands, and in disturbed areas.
Senna hebecarpa grows as a sparsely branched perennial shrub. It has axils of compound leaves.
Clusters of light yellow to orange flowers bloom through July and August in North America.
The Native American Cherokee and Iroquois peoples used this as a traditional medicinal plant.
Senna hebecarpa is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for use as a perennial wildflower and flowering shrub in traditional and wildlife gardens, in natural landscaping projects, and for habitat restoration projects.
It is a larval host and nectar source for the Cloudless Giant Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) butterfly. It is also of special value to native bumble bees
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