Senna marilandica, Maryland Senna, is an herbaceous perennial with an erect, shrubby growth form, naturally occurring in open woods and wet meadows. Adored for it’s axillary racemes of yellow, pea-like flowers clustered atop unbranched stems, it is a significant native nectar source and is the larval host plant for several butterflies, including Cloudless Sulphur, Orange-barred Sulphur, and Sleepy Orange. Dainty flowers yield pendant, pea-like seed pods (4″ long) which turn black in fall and persist on plants well after the plant has died back to the ground, providing a winter foraging source for wildlife, such as Wild Turkey. Reaching a height of 3 – 6′, this showy perennial thrives in full sun to partial shade, acclimated to medium-wet or medium-dry soils. Feathery, compound, locust-like, dull green leaves (4 – 8 pairs of leaflets) give a striking appearance to tall, slender specimens, making this a wonderful adornment to woodland gardens.