Chamaecrista fasciculata, Partridge Pea


Historical Uses:

The Cherokee Nation was reported to use medicines derived from roots to boost stamina. The Seminole Nation was reported to use cold decoctions of the plant to combat nausea. They also used the plant as bedding material for ripening persimmons.


The flowers of C. fasciculata are attractive to bees and butterflies, the seeds/seedpods are eaten by game and songbirds, and the plant offers cover for birds as well!


  • Listing ID: 1113
  • Duration: Annual
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 2-4
  • Stratification: 10 days cold most stratification after scarification required
  • Bloom Time: July-September
  • Family: Fabaceae (Bean)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Latin Name: Chamaecrista fasciculata
  • Common Name: Patridge Pea, Sleeping Plant
  • Eco-Region: 251