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Partridge Pea's yellow flowers are a cheery summer plant, and favorites of bees and other pollinators. This is an annual, but is special for its ability to fix nitrogen, improving the soil around it and the health of other plants. Its leaves retreat when touched so it is also referred to as the Sensitive Plant.  These leaves are the larval host for the Little Yellow, Sleepy Orange and Orange Sulfur butterflies.  The Partridge pea forms maroon seed pods in the fall, from which it readily self-seeds. Grows to 2’ in height.  These seed pods are excellent food for birds including over winter.

Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

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