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Planting Partridge Pea For Bobwhite Quail
Lee Stribling
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Publication Date: 10/10/1996

Both species, showy partridge pea (Cassia fasciculata) and sensitive partridge pea (C nicitans), are native annual legumes that volunteer frequently in fields, waste places, and along roadsides in Alabama. Partridge pea produces hard-coated seeds that may persist for extended periods. The seeds are eaten by bobwhite quail and are often an important food item in their diet during late winter when other food sources have spoiled or been depleted. Partridge pea's greatest benefit to quail comes from establishing stands where other native legumes are absent or scarce.