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Senna covesii

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Species Name: Senna covesii
Common Name: Coves' Cassia

Small desert shrub with attractive yellow flowers and long seeds pods. Threatened in the wild.

Plant Family: Fabaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Upright, feathery
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 30 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: List 2.2 (included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants)
Distribution: Sonoran Desert; Baja, Southern Nevada and Western Arizonia
Natural Habitat: Dry, sandy desert washes, slopes

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