Our new Garden Expert Deer has done it again. I sent her this picture, and the name, Southern Wild Senna, Senna marilandica, came in return email, along with a cite (http://uswildflowers.com/) that gave me a picture of the seedpods. That was very exciting, because, since December, I’ve been holding on to a photo of the greatest seedpods without being able to find out what they are. Lo and behold, they belong to the same plant the produced the yellow flowers I photographed last week. Here’s the unveiling of my photograph of the seedpods of Southern Wild Senna!
Southern Wild Senna is also called Maryland Senna, Locust Plant and Teaweed. It’s clearly a member of the bean family, is used as a potent laxative (which is more than I really want to know), and it is widespread in open woods and fields of the Eastern US. I can find out lots of information about a plant – once I know the name of it! Thank you, Deer Plant Expert.