Identification Helps: A small, easy-to-identify plant, usually less the 24 inches tall, often just a foot or less. Has distinctive sensitive plant-like leaves, with small put prominent yellow flowers (as shown).
Similar Species: None on the prairie.
Preferred Growing Conditions in the Wild: Prefers loose, sandy, or dry soils but can be seeded on all but the wettest sites.
Seasons of Growth and Bloom: Blooms from late July through October.
Natural Distribution in Ohio:Found throughout Ohio on prairies, occassionaly on non-prairie sites.
Description and General Information:Partridge Pea is one of the very few annual plants found on tallgrass prairies in Ohio. It grows and re-seeds well, particularly on looser soils and where big bluestem or other tall, dense vegetation has not overtaken a site.
The seeds are eaten by many species of birds.
The leaves of the plant look very similar to the horticultural sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica), but unlike this house-plant favorite, partridge pea leaves do not readily fold when touched.