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Plant Details

Chamaecrista nictitans

Sensitive partridge pea, Common Sensitive Plant

Scientific Name:

Chamaecrista nictitans

Common Name:

Sensitive partridge pea, Common Sensitive Plant

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Annual

Bloom Color(s):

yellow

Size in Feet:

.5 - 1.25

Light:

Full-sun

Bloom Time:

June - October

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont, Mountains

In bloom

Sensitive Plants (or Partridge Peas) are nitrogen-fixing annuals, useful for rebuilding soil. Common throughout the state, they are an important part of the winter diet of Northern Bobwhite.

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Paynter, Wilmington, September 2012

Flower

They are also larval plants for Little Sulphur and Cloudless Sulphur butterflies.

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Leaves

The common name of Sensitive Plant comes from its ability to fold up its leaves when disturbed.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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