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The Latin name is Cassia angustifolia, or Senna alexandrina, to testify how this plant is sometimes attributed to the genus cassia, other times to the senna genus; the common name unites it to other species of the genus senna, with which it shares some morphological characters; it is a medium-sized shrub, originating in the Mediterranean area, of Africa and Asia, used since ancient times as a medicinal plant, in herbal medicine and in the Indian, European and African pharmacopoeia, and in herbal medicine.
It produces a large, dense, well-branched shrub with pinnate leaves consisting of small oval leaflets; in spring it produces large clusters of golden yellow flowers, similar in shape to those of the wisteria, as is the case with all the fabaaceae.
Cultivate the senna
It is a shrub of easy cultivation, which occupies a very sunny position, with quite drained, fresh and deep soil; tends to adapt even in unfavorable conditions, as long as it can enjoy good lighting and fairly regular watering, especially at the time of implantation and during dry months.
The flowers are very decorative and often the senna species are cultivated for pure ornamental purposes.
Leaves and fruits of the senna contain mucilages and sugars with strong laxative powers, they are used for herbal teas and decoctions, but also in tablets or fruit compotes.
The senna is used only and exclusively in cases of occasional constipation that does not present complications such as ulcers or bleeding of any kind, as it can be very irritating if used for a long time.
It is also used in cases where the evacuations must be of soft or liquid consistency, as in the case of fissures.