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Deering partridge pea
Chamaecrista deeringiana
Fabaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium perennial herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
Typically 1-3 feet in height. Sometimes as tall as broad, but often spreading.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to the Monroe County Keys. Very rare in South Florida outside of Miami-Dade County. Perhaps never present or exirpated in Broward County. Presumed extirpated in the Monroe County Keys where collected once on Big Pine Keys in 1912.
Habitats:
Pine rocklands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained limestone or sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Yellow petals; red anthers.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food for birds. Larval host plant for cloudless sulphur (Phoebis sennae) butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed. Plant in a pot with 2" or more of potting soil and spinkle soil over seeds to just cover them. Place in full sun or light shade. Keep moist.
Comments:
Distinguished from the annual partridge pea (C. fasciculata) by its red (vs. yellow) anthers.


 


George D. Gann, 16 March 2015
In habitat, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park
Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann, 16 March 2015
In habitat, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park