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  • Light Requirement is Full Sun

  • Height 4 - 5 Feet

  • Width 4 - 5 Feet

  • Use as a thriller when using in containers

  • Rub the leaves for a buttery popcorn scent!

Want a plant that has it all? Size, color contrast, scent, texture? Cassia Popcorn will knock your socks off with its vibrant yellow flowers popping out from clusters of black buds suspended above St. John’s Wort like foliage. Seriously! And when you brush the flower buds, it emits a scent reminiscent of buttered popcorn! What a fun plant to include in your specimen garden.

If you have a large area in your annual or perennial garden, this is the plant to have. Native to regions of Africa, Zones 9a to 11b, this plant can be yours to enjoy in Zones 3-8 as an early summer to fall annual. Growing up to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide, this showstopper will shoot up one foot yellow flowering spires above the green pinnate foliage that will bring a taste of the tropics to your garden.

Popcorn Cassia Plant Care

Easy to grow, it has a few requirements for an outstanding display. It is a heavy feeder, requiring regular fertilizer, and frequent watering. It is highly frost intolerant, so plant it out after all danger of frost has passed. It requires a slightly acid to neutral soil pH, about 5.8 to 6.2, and well drained rich soil. Think compost amended sandy loam or clay here. It loves hot humid summer weather and should be planted in a full sun location.

Deadheading is recommended, especially in warm winter locations where cassia blooms nearly year round. It will reseed readily, so trimming flower spikes just above the leaves will help control the spread. In cold winter regions, deadheading will help encourage reblooming. If you plant this in a container, you can bring it indoors before the first frost. It is relatively pest and deer resistant, and bees, butterflies and hummingbirds will be regular visitors to your garden.

Popcorn Cassia Plant Spacing

Proper garden planning is crucial as cassia planted as an annual will require 2 to 4 foot spacing between plantings. In warm winter regions, this plant can sometimes reach 25 feet in height and become a woody tree. Keeping it pruned regularly will help curb this expansive growth, just prune about a leaf set for best form and shape. Cassia Popcorn would make an excellent addition to a children’s garden where it will be a delight. What a great way to introduce children to gardening!

Popcorn Cassia Plant Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Flower Color(s): Shades of Yellow
Bloom Period: Early Summer to Fall
Foliage Color(s): Dark Green
Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 4-5 Feet Tall
Spread: 4-5 Feet Wide
Spacing: 4-5 Feet Center on Center
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average moisture
Resistance: Rabbits
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Scientific NameCassia didymobotrya ‘Popcorn’
Common Name: Popcorn Plant

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Popcorn Plant Show Reviews

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    Posted by Susan Peterson on Jun 1st 2021

    I’ve had a popcorn plant before and was so excited to know I could get another one, so got 2. They arrived in great condition and now thriving at home. Thank you