Also known as: Sleeping Plant, Sensitive Plant
Sleeping plant or partridge-pea is a slender-stemmed, 1-1½ feet annual with pinnately-compound leaves bearing many small, yellow-green leaflets which fold together when touched. Large, showy, yellow flowers arise. Each flower is marked with red and is followed by a narrow pod.
This wildflower provides bright summer color, and the flowers attract bees and butterflies. Seed pods are eaten by game birds and songbirds, and the plant provides excellent cover for game birds and browsing by deer. Leaves collapse when touched, giving rise to the common name Sensitive-plant.
Yearly Foliage: Annual
Hardiness Zone: 8
Light: Full sun
Mature Growth: 1½ feet high
Blooms: June through October
Wildlife: Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies & bees.
Host Plant: Cloudless Giant Sulpher butterfly, Orange Sulphur butterfly, Sleep Orange butterfly