With Easter almost upon us, you may have noticed bright yellow bursts of colour sprouting in and among native vegetation, especially along the highways and exit ramps.
And as pretty as this burst of colour is, unfortunately, it belongs to a weed shrub called Senna pendula var. glabrata or more commonly referred to as Easter Cassia due to it being mostly noticeable at this time of year. It’s classified as a Class R weed, meaning it’s important to reduce it’s populations and it is quite widespread in Australia due to it’s ability to easily reproduce which causes it to outcompete native species with it’s rapid growth.
If you’d still like a burst of yellow in the garden maybe go for a safer native Senna alternative such as:
- Senna occidentalis (coffee senna)
- Senna hirsute (hairy senna)
- Senna tora (Java bean)
- Senna septemtrionalis (smooth senna)
- Senna planitiicola (arsenic bush)
- Senna barclayana (pepper-leaved senna)
In the meantime, be sure to check out all of Brooke’s other Weeds of the Week via the links and slideshow below:
- Dutchman’s Pipe
- Moth Vine
- Madeira Vine
- Salvinia Molesta
- Singapore Daisy
- Climbing Asparagus Fern
- Ground Asparagus Fern
- Mother of Millions
- Lantana Camara
- Dolichandra ungues-cati (Cats Claw Creeper)
- Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan)
- Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor Laurel)
- Ardisia crenata (Coral or Christmas Berry)
- Impatiens Spp.