Showy Partridge Peas are an annual, erect legume that can reach heights of 1-3 feet. The plant features yellow flowers and the leaves are in 10-16 pairs of small, narrow leaflets.
- Pollinator Favorite
- Establishes Rapidly
- Fixes Nitrogen
- Reseeds Itself
- Attracts upland game birds
- Cover crop
Showy Partridge Peas are an annual, erect legume that can reach heights of 1-3 feet. The plant features yellow flowers and the leaves are in 10-16 pairs of small, narrow leaflets. The yellow flowers are approximately one inch across and can grow in clusters of 2-4 flowers. The flowers on the Showy Partridge Peas typically bloom between July and September. This plant can be a re-seeding annual, if it is allowed to re-seed.
The Showy Partridge Peas grow in a wide range of soils which range from slightly acidic to moderately alkaline. It grows best on moderately limed, well-drained soils. This seed is distributed throughout the Midwest, Eastern and Southern US. The Showy Partridge Peas grow best in full sun but can survive under lightly shady areas as well. This plant has low water requirements – it can grow and produce seed under stressed conditions.
Mildew and leaf spot may appear. Although partridge Pea foliage is nutritious, it can be poisonous and should be considered potentially dangerous to cattle.
The Showy Partridge Peas are mainly used for ornamental purposes because of the beautiful yellow flowers. This seed can be used where wildflowers are planted to give a boost of color. The bright yellow flowers are a great addition to any area. The Showy Partridge Peas is a pollinator favorite of upland game birds, bees, and butterflies. This seed can also be used for Erosion Control due to its rapid establishment and is slow decrease which allows for other species in the area to being to dominate the site.
Planting and Maintaining
This seed needs to be planted at a depth of ¼ inch into the soil. The best time to plant the Showy Partridge Peas is between March and May when the temperatures are warm enough for germination. The Partridge Peas usually reseeds itself but will gradually disappear without any regular maintenance. A light disking in the springtime is necessary to ensure soil contact for the volunteer reseeding.