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Marcus, Joseph A.
Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata
Chamaecrista fasciculata (Michx.) Greene var. fasciculata
Partridge pea, Showy Partridge-pea, Beeflower
Synonym(s): Cassia brachiata, Cassia chamaecrista, Cassia fasciculata, Cassia fasciculata var. brachiata, Cassia fasciculata var. depressa, Cassia fasciculata var. ferrisiae, Cassia fasciculata var. puberula, Cassia fasciculata var. robusta, Cassia fasciculata var. rostrata, Cassia fasciculata var. tracyi, Cassia mississippiensis, Cassia robusta, Cassia rostrata, Chamaecrista brachiata, Chamaecrista depressa, Chamaecrista fasciculata var. brachiata, Chamaecrista littoralis, Chamaecrista mississippiensis, Chamaecrista robusta, Chamaecrista rostrata, Chamaecrista tracyi
USDA Symbol: chfaf
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WV Native Habitat:
Shows a preference for sandy or alluvial soils in Central and East Texas.
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
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2008-07-07
Research By: NPC