PARTRIDGE PEA (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PARTRIDGE PEA (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

Great for wildlife: Birds eat the seeds, pollinators attracted to nectar/pollen.

larval host: 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.

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/chamaecrista-fasciculata

My take on the color change in caterpillars based on which part of the plant they eat can be read here: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/are-you-what-you-eat-in-the-wildlife-garden/

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Chamaecrista+fasciculata

Seeds available: http://www.floridawildflowers.com/products/Chamaecrista-fasciculata-%252d-Partridge-Pea.html

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