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Lindheimer’s senna, Senna lindheimeriana

Lindheimer’s senna, Senna lindheimeriana

A member of the Fabaceae or pea family, Lindheimer’s senna is a bushy perennial ranging in height from 1½-3 feet and arising from a woody root. The five yellow, oval petals have a distinctive crimp at the edges. Its yellow blooms are often seen in Comal County during the months of September and October. Some of your grandparents may remember this plant because of its dried seed pods, the sound of which reminded them of a rattlesnake. The seeds are also an important source of food for birds.

More Information

  • www.wildflower.org
  • Enquist, Marshall: Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, Lone Star Botanical, 1987


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