Please Note: These plants are annuals and are grown as seedlings. Partridge pea has a nice fine texture, especially useful for a container garden and as an annual, will flower throughout the summer.
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-3 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: June – September
Suggested Uses: Partridge Pea is a showy, annual wildflower that is often included in native seed mixes for cover and beauty in the first year of a restoration. It grows best on upland sandier or gravel soils. This plant can be used in the rock garden or on sandy soils and will bloom throughout the summer. It can also be grown in a medley container, adding texture and vibrant yellow! The leaves of this annual fold up in strong sunlight and sometimes when touched.
Native Range: Native to the Midwest and the South. Native to southern Minnesota.
Pollinators/Habitat: Larval host for the Little Yellow, Sleepy Organic and Orange Sulfur butterflies. Very attractive to bees. The Partridge pea is a major source of food for quail and the northern bobwhite.
Flowers: The 1 1/2″ flowers have 5 slightly unequal petals, 10 stamens, and brown anthers. The flowers bloom where the leaves meet the stem.
Leaves: The leaves are 6-8″ long and divided into 10-18 oblong leaflets in a feather-like arrangement.
Other Names: Sensitive Plant
More information: USDA plant profile