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Cassia alata


My Candlebush is finally blooming. Because it is in full sun, it seems to take the rainy season to come full cycle. The clusters of flowers are often so tight that the bumblebees have to bore into the flowers making an extra buzzing sound. Mexicans call this the Secret flower


Candlebush is one of the oldest sources of American medicines. Folk medicines for various skin diseases are derived from this plant. The leaves are used as a treatment for ringworm. It is also a host to Sulphur butterflies and is Native to the Americas. It takes up quite a bit of space, but is so glorious this time of year it is worth it.


Found in my Butterfly Garden.

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namitha 9 years ago

I Kerala, India this plant is considered a weed. It flowers very often even without giving much care to it . It used to be there in plenty on road sides. But now, like many other plants its also disappearing.

MelissaFerguson 9 years ago

what a beautiful flower!

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Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 17, 2012
Submitted on Aug 20, 2012

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