Cassia Fistula is commonly known as the Golden Shower Plant or the Golden Rain Plant. It is also known by the name Amaltas. It belongs to the family of Fabaceae and kingdom of Plantae.
It is native to the greater parts of the Indian Subcontinent and other Southern parts of Asia. Its flower is the State flower of Kerala, India. It is also the National tree of Thailand.
It is generally found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
The Golden Shower plant is an easy-growing plant. The prerequisites to grow this plant are simple.
It cannot survive in a cold atmosphere.
As it is a large sized shrub, it needs a lot of space to grow. It is more suitable to grow this plant in the outdoors or in a garden.
Being a tropical plant, the Golden Shower loves the sun. Bright full sunlight helps the plant thrive and grows.
The ideal soil for planting a Golden Shower plant should be Acidic in nature. The soil should also be well-drained.
The plant should never be allowed to stand in water. The soil used for planting should look after that.
This plant needs a lot of water during its stages of growth. The soil should be kept moist in such stages. Plenty of water should be provided to the plant.
During the later stages, the water should be done sparingly.
This plant does not do well in drought conditions. Therefore, the supply of water should be looked after properly, to ensure the proper growth of the plant.
Tropical plants are bound to love humidity. This plant is no exception.
Less humidity or dry climate can cause the leaves to change colour or fall off. This plant never does well in cold climate.
Fertilizing the plant once a year, during its growth, should be enough for the plant's survival.
It is important to use well-balanced fertilizers. Chemical fertilizers should be avoided if it is planted in a household.
The Golden Shower is a large shrub which can grow up to 20-40 feet in height. After maturity, it shades all its leaves and turns itself into a mass of yellow and golden flowers.
This plant is all the more popular due to its beautiful bright yellow or golden flowers.
The flowers bloom generally in the spring or late spring. Sometimes, the plant is seen producing flowers on the advent of summer.
It is largely an ornamental plant used for the purpose of decoration.
The plant has certain medicinal values. The name of this plant is found even in the Ayurveda.
Parts of this plant can be used to prepare medicines for constipation, common cold, urinary dysfunctions and other diseases.