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Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

Partridge Pea is a herbaceous annual that may grow 2 to 3 feet tall. The leaves are alternate and pinnately compound (up to 15 pairs of leaflets). Large, yellow flowers first mature in summer and continue into early fall. The herb produces a flat pod, that contains many seeds.


Host plant for Cloudless Sulphur, Little Yellow, and Sleepy Orange butterflies. Seeds are readily eaten by songbirds, quail, and wild turkeys. Excellent forage for white-tailed deer.

Plant Type Herb/Wildflower
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Low
Regions Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun
Soil Moist, Dry
Bloom Times Summer, Late Summer
Seed Times Late Summer, Fall
Wildlife Value Seed or Nut, Butterfly Larvae Host
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