Partridge pea plant is also known as sleeping plant and they are Native to North American that grows on prairies, meadows, riverbanks, open woodlands and sandy savannahs across much of the Eastern half of the United States. Partridge pea plant is a member of the legume family, the plant is a critical source of nutrition for ring-necked pheasant, quail, prairie chickens and other grassland birds. Partridge pea plants in gardens provide attractive, bluish-green foliage and bright yellow, nectar-rich blooms that attract bees, songbirds and some species of butterfly. Continue reading to learn more about partridge pea plants.


  Partridge Pea plants Information

Partridge pea plants reach mature heights of twelve to twenty-six inches. Clusters of bright yellow blooms adorn the Partridge pea plant from midsummer to early fall. Partridge pea plant is a drought-tolerant plant and a great groundcover and the plant is often used for erosion control. The plant is an annual, the plant reseeds itself from year to year and it can become somewhat aggressive. The Partridge pea plant is also known as sensitive plant due to the delicate, feathery leaves that fold up when you brush them with your fingers.


 Growing Partridge Pea Plant

You can easily plant the partridge pea seeds directly in the garden in fall. Otherwise, plant the partridge pea seeds indoors a few weeks before the last expected springtime frost. Growing partridge pea plant isn’t complicated, as the plant can tolerate poor, average to dry soil, including gravel, sandy, clay and loam. The plant is like any other legume, they improve the soil quality by adding nitrogen compounds.  


Partridge Pea Plant Care

Once the plant is established, the plants actually require very little care. Simply water them occasionally but also beware of overwatering. You can deadhead wilted flowers regularly to promote continued blooming. Also, removing spent blooms keeps the partridge pea plant in check and prevents rampant reseeding. You can also mow over the top of the partridge pea plants to control weeds and to remove wilted blooms. Actually fertilizer is not necessary.  

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