Free Popcorn Cassia Seeds

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May 5th, 2017, 2:50 am #11

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
Rhonda,
I sure do appreciate the offer but I actually ended up seeing it at a Garden Center yesterday that is right down the road from me. Imagine that! It was a gallon pot all with lots of buds & some had blooms. It was a little high so I'll see how much that other place has it for. Not sure why that other place calls it "peanut butter" since I smelled it yesterday at the closer place & it does smell just like popcorn. Do you get a fair amount of seeds from it? If I don't get many in the fall for some reason, I will possibly contact you.

Thanks again for the offer!

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5
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May 6th, 2017, 3:15 am #12

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
Joni,

I don't know who would think it smells like peanut butter...definitely smells like buttered popcorn to me too I get several seed pods from each flower so I will have plenty if you want some later.


Ron,

It was gray (but no rain) and very windy today so it was hard to get a good picture. The plant was the only one I could find at my 3 favorite nurseries when I bought it. It was 8' tall (I have trimmed about 2 feet off) and very loosely formed...obviously they had never trimmed it. But, because the flowers (and hence the seed pods) always form at the very tip of the stems on my plants, I hate to cut it back until it's done blooming. Even when the stems appear to be done, a small bud appears at the tip and within a few days there's another bloom there. So, it still looks straggly. Once it is done blooming (it has slowed down dramatically), I'll give it a hard haircut to make it grow back bushier (they never get too bushy). Here are a few pics from today.





Rhonda
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Rhonda Furlong
Englewood, Florida
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May 7th, 2017, 1:05 am #13

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
Funny again how this plant is popping up round here now. When "looking" yesterday & ended up finding it at another local place & was $2 cheaper than the other place from a few days ago so I bought it. Very nice plant!

I did end up seeing on a site that described leaves smelled like popcorn & flowers smelled like peanut butter. Leaves yes, flowers no.

Joni
Elwood, IL
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May 8th, 2017, 12:32 am #14

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
Joni,

In past years, I didn't see it much even in Florida. But since I bought this scraggly one a month ago, I have noticed it at several nurseries. Go figure.

Rhonda
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Rhonda Furlong
Englewood, Florida
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May 9th, 2017, 10:55 pm #15

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
Just found another garden center is carrying this...that makes 3. Must be the hot new thing.

OBSERVATION...bought one with other plants last Fri. I've put them outside during the day but it's been in the high 30's to low 40's at night so I put them back in my SUV in the garage at night. Even protected, it was the only plant that looked cranky. Leaves were closed up (similar to Sensitive Plant which it kinda resembles) & then opened back up after being in the sun outside the next day. The other annuals didn't show any sign of stress (yet, anyway). So, I believe this plant likes high heat & would prefer a blanket for now.

Joni
Elwood, IL
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May 17th, 2017, 12:55 pm #16

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
I found this plant yesterday locally, so I grabbed one. Very cool, the leaves
do smell like buttered popcorn.
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May 17th, 2017, 11:02 pm #17

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
Joni,

They seem to be a hot plant this year...in past years, even in Florida, they were scarce.

Yes, they are very cold sensitive and even in my yard the leaves do often close in the evening. It is probably best if you protect them if the temps are projected below 50 degrees.

Linda,

I'm glad that you found them. I think the fact that the leaves smell like popcorn is making them a novelty plant.

BTW....my big one has really filled in over the past week since I trimmed it and since we have received rain 3 out of the last 5 days. We got 3" Saturday night, 1/4" Monday night and 1 1/4" last night...the first rain in 6 weeks

Rhonda
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Rhonda Furlong
Englewood, Florida
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May 18th, 2017, 4:53 pm #18

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
I was able to get lots of pictures today of an orange-barred sulphur as she very quickly went around laying eggs on the popcorn cassia. Enjoy.

Rhonda






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Rhonda Furlong
Englewood, Florida
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Joined: June 28th, 2014, 12:17 pm

May 18th, 2017, 11:16 pm #19

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
Great shots Rhonda. You seeing any hummers now?
Tom M
St. Pete, FL
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May 19th, 2017, 1:02 am #20

Hey all,

I have several popcorn cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) seed pods that I'd happily share if you email me your address (you should be able to click on my login ID at the top right of this post to see my email address). I'll send 4-5 seed pods to each requester til I run out.

I know it's not a hummer plant, but as many of us plant butterfly/hummingbird plants in the same garden, I thought some may be interested. Cassias are host plants for sulphur butterflies. The leaves, when rubbed between your fingers, smell just like buttered popcorn!

It is hardy in zones 9-11, absent a hard freeze. Mine grew to about 5 feet in a season in 9a after being killed back. In my zone 10a, it should grow into a small tree. It can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Here's a pic of a male monarch on a popcorn cassia flower......



and on a seedpod.......



The pics were taken with the white siding in the background, hence the almost cut and past look

and the entire flower....



Rhonda
Thanks Tom! No...I haven't seen one since the two females left about a week ago. Are you seeing any?

Rhonda
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Rhonda Furlong
Englewood, Florida
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