04 APRIL Senna pendula (CAESALPINIACEAE) Easter Cassia

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Description Easter Cassia is a native of South America. Around Easter it produces showy yellow flowers, then masses of seed in long pods.

Photo: Mark Crocker

Why it’s bad It “jumps the garden fence” and spreads throughout bushland, outcompeting local species and degrading habitat.

Control Easy to target at Easter when it’s flowering. Stems can be lopped or sawn through low down and painted with neat herbicide.

Alternatives Replace with Edge Senna (Senna acclinis) an important plant for local butterflies, or dry rainforest shrubs like Lolly Bush, Muttonwood, Green Kamala or Hop Bush.

Native alternative Native Cassia, Edge Senna (Senna acclinis) Photo: Robert Whyte