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Free Partridge Pea Seed Packet

In an effort to contribute to the resurgence of native insect populations, Prairie Moon Nursery will include a free packet of  Partridge Pea-Chamaecrista fasciculata seeds with every retail order. No need to mention this offer in your web, mail or phone order!  Just look for the free packet to arrive with your order.

We love Partridge Pea for its cheery yellow blossom and attractive delicate foliage, but mostly because it benefits all kinds of wildlife.  The flowers attract long-tongued bees, the seeds feed birds in the winter months, and the foliage is host to many beneficial insects.  Unlike most native wildflowers, Partridge Pea is an annual and it offers a welcome source of color in any newly established planting.   Thriving in sunny spaces, this low-growing plant prefers medium to dry soils.  It blooms from July through September, and complements native wildflowers like Lead Plant, Blazing Stars, and Sky Blue Aster.

Pollinators are critical to human food crops yet our practices result in habitat loss, environmental toxins, and monocultural cropping that compound stressors on them, threatening their survival.  To counter this trend and introduce more pollinator-friendly plants, please consider planting more North American native plants.  Even in small urban pockets, these true wildflowers can provide personal satisfaction and education while helping to counter increasing threats to our native insect populations

5 thoughts on “Free Partridge Pea Seed Packet”

    1. Hi John. Sorry, no we don’t. Inoculum should stay in the fridge until used so it’s just not practical for us to refrigerate thousands of packets. This legume will grow successfully without additional rhizobia.

  1. I planted my partridge pea seed in a small meadow plot last year, it was lovely when it bloomed. However, it reseeded all over my one acre, and is now in every flower bed, every vegetable row and every un-mowed corner. It is a difficult weed to pull, and I am sorry I ever planted such an easy, but in my situation in middle Tennessee, invasive plant.

    1. Hello Catherine,
      Partridge Pea is an annual so while it can certainly re-seed, the root system is not deep or rhizomatous in nature. It should be very easy to pull. Or, you could mow it off now before the seeds mature.
      Annuals like this can be there one year and gone the next. They are very much influenced by seasonal weather (rain, drought). There is an invasive legume with similar looking leaves as Partridge Pea – could you perhaps be seeing Crown Vetch? This is a non-native and extremely aggressive. Google the “Crown Vetch” and you’ll see the similarity.

  2. I planted my free partridge pea seeds last year just because I received them and they turned out to be my favorite flower in the flower bed. The bumblebees were all over them every morning. When they went to seed I let some reseed in the garden and then I picked the pods and tossed them out for the birds. The mourning doves loved them. Thanks for introducing me to the partridge pea.

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