Partridge Pea

Partridge Pea provide vital habitat to wildlife, including bobwhite quail. USDA photo.

Partridge Pea provides vital habitat to wildlife, including bobwhite quail. USDA photo.

Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) typically grows in dense stand, providing cover and food for wildlife. Partridge Pea’s bright yellow flowers make it a popular choice for use in gardens with native plants.

When It Blooms: July to September.

Where You’ll Find It: It’s found statewide, especially in areas with sandy soils. They prefer sun but can survive in the shade.

Did You Know? Wildlife love Partridge Pea seeds, and it’s a major food source for bobwhite quail, mallards and grassland birds. Meanwhile, the common sulfur butterfly lays its eggs on leaves, and larvae uses leaves as a food source.

Additional Resources:

  • Partridge Pea: technical note by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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