Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

Small snapdragon-like flowers and delicate fine-textured leaves adorn this plant. The seed pods curl as they dry, shooting seed quite a distance as the pods ultimatly explode, giving life to the next generation of this native annual.  A common plant from the pea family that is native to Illinois mesic prairies.


  • Acronym: CHAFAS
  • Life-Cycle: Annual
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: July - October
  • Typical Height: "24"
  • Light Preference: Full Sun
  • Soil Preference: Mesic
  • Root Structure: Taproot
  • Stratification: Scarify, Cold & Moist for 10 Days
  • Seeds per Ounce: 2,700*
  • Seeds per Packet: 250*


Other scientific names used for this species:

  • Cassia fasciculata


Other common names used for this species:

  • None


*Approximate, actual number of seeds may vary slightly by seed lot.

Chamaecrista fasciculata - Per Ounce