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Partridge Pea

Chamaecrista fasciculata

Blooms the 1st year in plantings; great wildlife food; host for sulphur butterflies; fixes nitrogen


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Chamaecrista fasciculata, commonly known as Partridge Pea, is a native annual legume.

Wildlife notes

The seeds are an important food source for the Bobwhite Quail and Greater Prairie Chicken. Plants provide cover for game birds and browse for deer. Flowers are a good nectar source for bees and butterflies.

Forage notes

Improves soil fertility by fixing nitrogen. Because the foliage is strongly cathartic, it is usually avoided by grazing animals.

Landscaping notes

Popular long-flowering ornamental annual that is perfect for a naturalized setting or meadow where it can freely spread. Native gardens.  This plant prefers full sun and average to dry conditions. The soil can contain sand, loam, gravel, or clay, to which this plant will add nitrogen. It favors poor soil because of reduced competition from other plants. Partridge Pea is easy to grow, but can spread readily in dry, open situations.

Restoration notes

It is native to a variety of habitats including rocky open woods, upland slopes, ridges, bluffs, prairies, grasslands, rocky fields and open thickets in the eastern, mid-western and Great Plains sections of the U. S.  Sometimes Partridge Pea is deliberately planted to stabilize banks around ditches and other areas, from where it frequently escapes. This plant favors disturbed areas.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

12 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month




Specialty Uses

Butterfly, Wildlife

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.