Woody Cassia, Silver Cassia, Cassia, Punty.
Senna artemisioides subsp. x petiolaris, Cassia artemisioides.
Senna, from Arabic name. Artemisioides, from genus Artemisia and oides, like, referring to similarity.
Presence in Australia
Widespread mainly west of the Olympic Highway in drier areas and lighter soils.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, NT, WA.
All three varieties are on inland plains. All except Silver Cassia also inhabit rocky slopes.
Small bushy shrubs, 1-3m high, with silver-grey leaves.
Moderately well-drained soil, in full sun. Tolerates drought and frost, although heavy frost may damage tips.
Fast-growing. Short-lived. Three varieties tend to hybridise.
Golden-yellow, winter and spring. Sweet scented.
Early Dec to mid Mar. Monitor closely as seeds shed immediately or 1-2 days after maturity.
From scarified seed. Try boiling or hot water soaking treatment, and dry seed before sowing to prevent rotting. Also from cuttings.
Seeds readily. Establishes readily when direct seeded.
Shade and shelter
Useful low-level cover in windbreaks. Important component of understorey.
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Ornamental for gardens or as low hedge. Attractive foliage and abundant flowers. Prune lightly after flowering to maintain shape (becomes straggly with age) and promote flowering.