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PARTRIDGE PEA

#1591 | Chanaecrista fasciculata

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PARTRIDGE PEA

#1591 | Chanaecrista fasciculata

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Summary

Partridge Pea is an annual erect legume adapted to a wide geographic area from Maine to Florida, west to South Dakota and Colorado, south to central Texas. It does not compete well in established grasslands but thrives in disturbed areas with an annual rainfall of 15 to 45 inches. Partridge pea grows on a wide range of soils but does best on neutral well-drained sites. Partridge pea produces pods with multiple flat black seeds which open up and shatter the seed when mature. It is a prolific seed producer and can become invasive after a few years.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Plant Characteristics

Height
16" - 48"
Bloom Period
Mid-Summer - Early-Fall
Bloom Color
Yellow
Leaf Color
Green
Growing Cycle
Annual
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Spring - Fall
Plant Depth
0.25" - 0.75"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
55° F
Establishment
Easy

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
65,000
Kingdom
Plantae
Subkingdom
Tracheobionta
Super Division
Spermatophyta
Division
Magnoliophyta
Class
Magnoliopsida
Subclass
Asteridae
Order
Asterales
Family
Asteraceae
Genus
Chamaecrista
Species
Chanaecrista fasciculata

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 3.5 oz/1000 sq ft or 10 lbs/acre

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Landscaping

Attractive in mass plantings as well as in species mixes, fairly aggressive.

Wildlife

Seed is an excellent food source; insect attractant and cover for game birds.

Soil Stabilization & Erosion Control

When combined with grasses, forbs, and legumes.

Pollinator Beneficial Plants

Notes

*Special considerations for spring planting:  seed germination can be improved with mechanical scarification.  Seed needs to be inoculated with Rhizobium (EL-cowpea type) for nitrogen fixation to occur. Germination of scarified seed generally occurs within 2 weeks after planting provided adequate soil moisture and temperature conditions are met.

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