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Partridge pea

Chamaecrista fasciculata

This colorful annual legume bears attractive yellow flowers that have reddish-purple spots at their base. The compound, feathery leaves look like those of sensitive plant. Fruit is contained in a pea pod, which adds additional garden interest and may attract birds.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsActs as a host plant for several butterfly species.

CareAverage soil and full sun.

PropagationCollect seeds in late summer or fall. Plant seeds in fall or freeze until spring.

  • Genus : Chamaecrista
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Red, Yellow
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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