Partridge pea

Chamaecrista nictitans

plant type:
forb
lifecycle:
annual
growing season:
warm
cover:
Moderate

Soil

Acceptable Soil Types:
Loam
Silt
Sand
Acceptable Soil conditions:

Location

Min elevation:
0
Max elevation:
5000
Counties: 
Cochise
Gila
Graham
Greenlee
Pima
Pinal
Santa Cruz

Reproduction & Growth

Growth rate: 
Slow
Germination rate: 
Fast
Germination Requirements: 
scarification

Ecological

Best Suited for these Site conditions:
Disturbance
Best Suited for these Management goals:
Drought resilienceErosion controlPollinator habitatIncreased soil healthWildlife habitat

Additional Information

Commercial availability:
Commonly available
NOTES:
"plant ¼ – ¾ inches deep; helps build soil nitrogen and organic matter; has been used in pollinator habitat seed mixes in DOT roadside plantings"
Citations:
Cook et al., 2005; Cathey et al., 2010; Sheahan 2015