Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar on Partridge Pea

Cloudless Sulpur Caterpillar


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Partridge Pea - Chamaecrista fasciculata

Other common names for this plant include Showy Partridge Pea, Sensitive Plant, Sleepingplant.

Native from southern Florida to northern Minnesota, partridge pea looks best when planted in groups and is easy to include in most medium to large size gardens. A short-lived Partridge Pea Chamaecrista fasciculataperennial that is grown as an annual, partridge pea has bright yellow flowers that incorporate easily into many garden border combinations. Try pairing with liatris for contrasting colors and plant forms.

Partridge pea also provides pollen for a number of other insects and birds relish the seed pods that follow the flowers.

Importance as a caterpillar food source: Cloudless Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, and Little Yellow caterpillars all use partridge pea as a food source. All three of these butterflies range widely over the southern U.S., with Little Yellow's range being restricted eastward.

Partridge pea is also used as a food source by Ceraunus Blue caterpillars which are common in far southern regions, usually late in the summer; found all year long in southern Florida and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

Gray Hairstreak caterpillars also include partridge pea as a caterpillar food plant in addition to countless other plants.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source: A good nectar source that also attracts many pollinators in addition to butterflies.


Partridge Pea Cultural Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zone
Plant annually
Bloom Period
Summer to fall
Bloom Color
Plant Height
24 to 40 inches
Plant Spread
18 inches
Light Exposure
Full sun to part shade
Soil Moisture
Medium to dry
Animal/Pest Problems


Native range for Partridge Pea

Native Range for Partridge Pea - Chamaecrista fasciculata