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Trumansburg, NY, 14886
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Edible Acres is a permaculture nursery and food forest farm located in Trumansburg, NY.  Focused on perennial, hardy, useful, edible and resilient plants, we use low and no tech solutions to grow out hundreds of different types of plants for our community and beyond!  We're excited to share what we do with you!

Senna - Wild Senna

Plants for Fall 2019 Shipping

Your order placed now will be collected, carefully packaged and shipped as bare root plants as soon as we enter dormancy this fall. This normally begins mid to late October and into early November. We’ll email you shipping confirmation and tracking details as soon as they ship! Since our nursery is outdoors and based on nature our timing is dependent on the weather.

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Senna - Wild Senna


Senna - Wild Senna

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Senna Hebecarpa - also called Cassia Hebecarpa
 Senna is a stunningly beautiful member of the nitrogen fixing Fabaceae family. We grow a very hardy and native ‘Wild Senna’ that has tolerated seriously challenging growing seasons with grace and vigor. It handled the driest growing season on record 2 years ago with no problems, came back easily after -15F winters, and produces incredibly beautiful, blemish free foliage and show stopping flowers every year. All while conferring what seems to be a potent force field of deer resistance. We’ve been trialling it in areas exposed to heavy deer browse and so far it has performed incredibly well in the dual task of feeding nitrogen to host trees and protecting them from deer damage (no promises, just sharing what we’re seeing!)

The heavy flower set begins in later July for us and provides a relished nectar flow for honey and bumble bees that lasts. It can be chop and dropped as needed for mulch and to keep it in check around smaller plants, and can be grown very easily from seed. Very reliable, predictable and beautiful herbaceous perennial N-fixer here. We love it.

This is also the source of the medicine Senna from what we understand but we haven’t tried to work with it this way.

We’re observing that Senna seed allowed to drop in the garden can come up with healthy vigor the following year. This can be a wonderful benefit if you want it, or a challenge if you are hoping for one Senna in one place. If you’d prefer the latter, plan to cut back mature seed heads late summer/early fall. Dry those seeds and save them so you can choose where to have hundreds more Senna’s later! :) A soak in nice warm water for a day in the spring and they should germinate very readily for you.

Tops out roughly 4’ to 5’ and can be pretty wide and may need support or to be pruned later season

Site Preference:
Prefers full sun but we’re seeing it stand some decent shade, too. As a pioneer species it is adapted best to full sun and doesn’t need amazing soil.

Zone 4

When you get plant material from us, Senna can look pretty sad as a dormant, bare root plant. Having naturally pure black roots and a stem that dies back to the ground each year, it may seem your new Senna is DOA! Dig a nice hole, spread out the roots and plant it out in a nice open position, with some mulch. Be patient as Senna takes a while to emerge, but trust that your new friend should grow wonderfully for you!

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