Common name: Bladder senna
Seeds can be collected when ripe and sown the following spring.
Plants can grow to around 3-4 metres (9-12ft) high with a similar spread.
Racemes of yellow 25mm (1") long pea-shaped flowers appear from June till September.
The flowers are followed by 75mm (3”) long pale green pods which when dry have a papery texture, that later changes to red or copper.
Week 10: Sow seeds in trays of seed compost and grow on at a temperature of around 8°- 10°C (46°- 50°F)
Prick out into 100mm (4”) pots of potting compost when large enough to handle and place in a cold frame until planting out time.
Week 13: Remove weak and thin shoots and cut back strong branches to within a few buds of the old wood.
Week 16: Pot on rooted cuttings taken the previous year into 100mm (4”) pots of potting compost.
Week 36: Take heel cuttings 70-100mm (3”-4”) long from ripe lateral shoots, and insert them in equal parts (by volume) peat and sand in a cold frame to root.
Week 40: Plant out seedlings / cuttings in well drained garden soil in full sun or partial shade anytime from now until March.