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Chamaecrista fasciculata - (Michx.)Greene.

Common Name Golden Cassia, Partridge pea
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The plant is considered toxic for grazing animals[274].
Habitats Open woods and prairies, disturbed areas, often on sandy soils[274].
Range Eastern, Central and South-eastern N. America.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Chamaecrista fasciculata Golden Cassia,  Partridge pea


Clarence A. Rechenthin @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Chamaecrista fasciculata Golden Cassia,  Partridge pea
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 337.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Chamaecrista fasciculata is a ANNUAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Soil stabilization

Plants have an extensive root system and are used to stabilize soils. Grown as an ornamental or for honey production.

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in most well-drained soils but prefers an open sandy loam in a sunny sheltered position[1, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Succeeds in light shade, but the plant is much less vigorous when grown in dry shade[200]. Young plants should be mulched each winter until they are well established[200]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

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Propagation

Seed - scarify and then pre-soak the seed for 2 - 3 hours in warm water before sowing it from early spring to early summer in a warm greenhouse[138]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 12 weeks at 23°c[138]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse. Do not plant them out until the following spring[138]. Division as growth commences in spring[11]. Cuttings of moderately ripe wood, July in a frame[1].

Other Names

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Golden Cassia, Partridge pea

Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Chamaecrista nigricansDiola, DialaPerennial1.5 10-12 FLMHNM124
Chamaecrista rotundifoliaRound-leaf cassiaShrub1.0 9-11 FLMSNDM004

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Michx.)Greene.

Botanical References

200274

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