Marcus, Joseph A.
Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata (Michx.) Greene
Partridge pea, Showy Partridge-pea, Beeflower
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
The Partridge Pea’s flowers have 5 yellow petals of unequal size and irregular shape, about 1 inch across. The upper petals have red spots at the base and the lower petal
is larger than the others. Stamens
are yellow. The pistil
extends conspicuously to the side opposite
the stamens. The plant grows 2–4 feet tall, erect, usually with a few branches near the top. The leaves are alternate
and have 8–14 pairs of small leaflets. Several buds grow on a short stem
between the leaves near the top, but only 1 on each stem
blooms at a time.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , LA , MD , MA , MI , MN , MS , MO , NE , NJ , NM , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WV , WI , DC Native Habitat:
Shows a preference for sandy or alluvial soils in Central and East Texas. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Conditions Comments: Should be grown in full sun, can tolerate part shade. Provide good soil moisture and have good drainage.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes