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Common Name: Golden Cassia
Chamaecrista fasciculata is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eastern, Central and South-eastern N. America.
Open woods and prairies, disturbed areas, often on sandy soils[
Succeeds in most well-drained soils but prefers an open sandy loam in a sunny sheltered position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
]. Succeeds in light shade, but the plant is much less vigorous when grown in dry shade[
Young plants should be mulched each winter until they are well established[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Root - cooked[
Seed - scarify and then pre-soak the seed for 2 - 3 hours in warm water before sowing it from early spring to early summer in a warm greenhouse[
]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 12 weeks at 23°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse. Do not plant them out until the following spring[
Division as growth commences in spring[
Cuttings of moderately ripe wood, July in a frame[