Chamaecrista fasciculata

sleeping plant, partridge-pea

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: annual
Size: Height: To 4 ft    Width: To 3 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Noted for: Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Annual. Sometimes used for erosion control. Good in casual garden settings, especially useful for butterfly gardens, because it's a larval food for so many species of butterflies. It's a legume and tolerates poor soil.
Propagation: Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand

Ecology

Wildlife:
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Attracts a wide variety of pollinators. Birds and other wildlife consume seed. Larval host for cloudless sulfur (Phoebis senna), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme), sleepy orange (Abaeis nicippe), little yellow (Eurema lisa) and ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) butterflies.
Native Habitats: Scrub, high pine (sandhill, clayhill), dry flatwoods, dunes, open disturbed areas where seed is available.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Ethnobotany: Sometimes grown to attract bees (for honey).