- Medicinal Plants
- 1 g. Senna hebecarpa seeds
1 g. Senna hebecarpa seeds
Wild Senna is a versatile plant, with bright yellow flowers that bloom July-August, attracting many bees and butterflies. Autumn brings beautiful leaf colors and the formation of long black seed pods. A horizontal root system provides strength against winds, allowing the plant to weather storms. Some gardeners use this sun-loving plant to form a hedge due to its four to six foot height.
Seeds do best with cold stratification, slightly damp in the refrigerator for 10 days, before planting.
Senna tea is a strong natural laxative. Senna contains many chemicals called sennosides, which irritate the lining of the bowel and cause a laxative effect. The Cherokee would use it for cramps, heart trouble, as a purgative, and for fever.