Cassia fasciculata
(Patridge Pea)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Patridge Pea
    Synonyms: Cassia brachiata, Cassia mississippiensis, Cassia robusta, Cassia rostrata, Chamaecrista brachiata, Chamaecrista depressa, Chamaecrista fasiculata, Chamaecrista littoralis, Chamaecrista mississippiensis, Chamaecrista robusta, Chamaecrista rostrata, Chamaecrista tracyi
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - October
    Status: Native

Cassia fasciculata, or Patridge Pea, is the eastern half of the United States. It is an annual that germinates in mid to late spring, and grows until mid summer when it begins to bloom.

This species is very similar in appearance to Chamaecrista nictitans, which also has wide overlapping distribution. The primary difference between them is that Chamaecrista nictitans has smaller flowers, which lack the showiness of its cousin, and it is rarely seen in bloom with full flowers; whereas Cassia fasiculata has a very robust flower, and often forms full, bushy plants that can be stunning.

Additional species exist in small distribution in the extreme South, but they are not covered on this site at this time.

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