Candle Bush, King of the Jungle (Senna alata, Cassia alata)

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Candle Bush, also known as the King of the Forest, King of the Jungle, or Christmas Candle, is a tropical perennial shrub or tree of the Leguminosae family, related to the Butterfly Pea. Native to South and Central America, the Candle Bush is known and grown ornamentally for their yellow, showy, erect raceme “candlestick” flowers.

A great plant for adding a golden glow to a garden, the summer-blooming Candle Bush makes for both a gorgeous sight and a medicinal delight. These plants are great for container growing and can easily be started from seed. They grow vigorously in full sun and fill space quickly, so make sure to give them some room to grow!  Our Candle Bush Plant is grown from seed and is capable of harvesting within one growing season. Grows easy outdoors 9-11 with frost protection.

The Candle Bush carries adenine, anthraquinones, chyrsopanic acid, flavonoids, kaempferol 3-O-gentiobioside(K3G), narengenin, and saponins. These components bear anti-inflammatory,  anti fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties. 

Common Names: 
King of the Forest Candle Bush, Candlestick Senna, Craw-Craw Plant, Acapulco, Impetigo Bush, Ringworm Cassia, Christmas Candle, Guajava, Nsempii, Desay, Fleur Dartre, Akapulko, Native to:
South and Central America

Traditional Uses: 
Ornamental, Medicinal, Cosmetic

Plant Type:
Tropical Perennial Shrub/Tree 

Harvest Season:
Leaves: Year-Long
Flowers: Summer

Mature Size:
15 ft tall

Soil & Moisture:
Rich, Well-Draining Soil

Light Requirements:
Full Sun


Growth Rate: 

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 9-11 with Frost Protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+ 

Our Candle Bush Plant is grown from seed and is capable of harvesting within one growing season.

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