Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea)

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 337.

Where Commonly Found: Open woods, plains, meadows, pastures, CT, MA, NY, RI.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key to Chamaecrista fasciculata.
Missouri Botanical Garden description of Chamaecrista fasciculata.  Click on more images.

Flower Color:  Yellow.
Flower Type:  Bilateral, large, showy, flowers, 1″- 1-1/2″ across, 10 stamen (6 red and 4 yellow), bloom from upper leaf axils in short cluster of 2-6 flowers.  Petals are broad, a little unequal in size, can be red-streaked at base.
Flower Time:  June to September.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate leaves
 long flowering season. Shorter plants will stand erect while larger ones tend to sprawl.  Slightly hairy stems.
Leaf Type:  Pinnately compound leaves
with many small, 10-36 narrow, yellow green entire leaflets, sensitive (folding) when touched.
Height:  1′-3′
Seed Collection:  As soon as 1″-3″ narrow pod, turns color, harvest mature dark brown seeds by crushing or splitting the pods.  Store cool, dry.

Attracts:  Bees, Butterflies, Birds, Ants
Use:  Tall Ground Cover for Pollinator Garden
Light:  Full Sun to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone:  3 to 9   USDA Zone Map
Soils:  Dry to Moist
Notes:  Partridge Pea is a long-flowering ANNUAL, spreading wildflower excellent as a tall ground cover for a pollinator garden.
Introduced to NH, ME, native to Southern New England, NY, South and Midwest US:  Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).

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