Candle Stick

Annuals

Summary

Use as an accent or specimen in beds, planters and window boxes. Looks great spilling over container edges. Wonderful for combination plantings.

Description

Candlestick senna provides spiky, bold, late summer color, making it a somewhat useful specimen for many warm season landscapes. Candlestick plant info says the plant is native to Central and South America.

Additional Info

Lovely scalloped leaves and trailing habit are perfect cascading from hanging baskets on a porch or pergola. Variegated foliage lends an added dimension of color when mixed with bright flowering plants or combined with interesting foliage plants. When the weather turns cold pot some plants to bring indoors to enjoy as houseplants.


Details

Seasons:
Colors
  • Yellow
Habits
  • Trailing
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Moisture

N/A

Height:

12 - 18 in

Spread:

18 - 24 in

Temperature:

40 - 50 F

Uses
  • Bedding Plant
  • Containers
Features
  • Hanging Basket
Sub-Categories

N/A

Growing Tips

Senna candlestick care is minimal. Water seeds until they sprout and watch the plant take off. In areas where candlestick senna may remain for a few years, pruning for shape is often necessary for the best appearance. Heavy pruning when blooms are finished results in a more compact and attractive bush. If you find the plant shabby, invasive or a nuisance, don’t be afraid to cut it to the ground or take it out by the roots.

Watering

Different plants have different water needs. Some plants prefer staying on the dry side, others like to be consistently moist. Refer to the plant label to check a plant’s specific requirements.
Ideally water should only be applied to the root zone - an area roughly 6-12” (15-30cm) from the base of the plant, not the entire plant. A soaker hose is a great investment for keeping plants healthy and reducing water lost through evaporation. Hand watering using a watering wand with a sprinkler head attached is also a good way to control watering. If the garden area is large, and a sprinkler is necessary, try to water in the morning so that plant foliage has time to dry through the day. Moist foliage encourages disease and mold that can weaken or damage plants.
To check for soil moisture use your finger or a small trowel to dig in and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is time to water.

Pruning

Prune plants freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Pinching plants back stimulates dense, bushy new growth and encourages more flowers. Remove old flowers to keep plant looking healthy and prevent seed production that drains the plant’s energy at the expense of forming new flowers.


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