Popcorn cassia sounds like something out of a Willy Wonka factory, but this is an actual plant that you can purchase from specialty garden centers. As the common name implies, this plant (scientifically called the Cassia didymobotrya) smells like just like a movie theater. When the leaves of the Popcorn Cassia are crushed or rubbed, a buttery popcorn scent is emitted and fills the air with glee and delight!
It has also been called peanut butter cassia. But whether you think it smells like popcorn or peanut butter, this plant looks as good as it smells. It would add fun and whimsy to any garden. That being said, as delicious as the plant smells, don’t be tempted to eat it. Popcorn cassia is poisonous, if ingested.
This evergreen shrub is native to Africa, but it is becoming a popular ornamental plant all over the world. The Popcorn Cassia is definitely a showstopper with its bright yellow showy flowers contrasting with its striking black buds. The scent is most appealing when the plant is in bloom between late summer and early fall. But humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy this plant; the scent and the bright flowers attract birds, bees and butterflies.
The popcorn cassia is easy to grow and disease and pest resistant. Pick a sunny location and let nature work its magic. Just know that it is a fast growing plant and could potentially become an invasive weed. This hairy shrub reaches 5 m in height.
This plant is sure to impress visitors to your garden!
Climate Zones: 10-11