Chamaecrista fasciculata

Growing Information

Plant Type: Annual
Sunlight: Sun, Part Shade
Soils: Sandy, well-drained, dry to moist
Bloom Time: Yellow flowers in July, August, September
Size: 1-3 feet in height; 6-12 in spread

This is a native annual. Plant to establish disturbed sites, as part of a wildflower meadow or border. Partridge Pea is also called Sensitive Plant because its leaves collapse when touched. The annual readily self-seeds. It is easily shaded out by larger plants. As a legume, Partridge Pea fixes nitrogen.

Garden Companions

Small Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), White Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricata), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Slender Woodland Sedge (Carex digitalis)

Nature Benefits

• Seed pods provide food for birds and small wildlife
• Offers nectar for bumble bees, butterflies, and ants
• Larval host for cloudless giant sulphur, orange sulphur, and sleepy orange butterflies

Native Habitat

Occurs in dry fields and clearings, meadows, and roadsides

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