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Popcorn Plant

Plant of the Week!

This week's plant is of interest because of its fragrance! Ever experienced a plant that smells like popcorn? Me either, until I came across the Popcorn Plant (Cassia didymobotrya) this week in the children's garden at the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI. Various sources online also call this the peanut butter cassia, but it definitely smelled more like popcorn in my opinion.

And it's not only fragrant, it also looks great too. The bright yellow showy flowers contrast with its striking black buds blooming from late summer to early fall. The leaves are also very nice resembling other members of the legume family.

This full sun, evergreen shrub is native to Africa, meaning it's only hardy to zones 9-11. We can grow popcorn plant as a great annual here in Illinois then. I was able to find this plant from various seed sources online.

This plant is also attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds which made it an excellent addition to the pollinator paradise garden that Rotary Botanical Gardens had incorporated it into. The plant appears to be easy to grow and maintain and didn't show any disease or pest problems. Be aware though that Popcorn plant is poisonous and should only be put in a location where it will be monitored around children.


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