Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) is a nitrogen-fixing, Florida native pollinator plant that feeds a wide variety of wildlife and is a host plant to many caterpillars.
florida native partridge pea
Partridge pea grows in hardiness zones 3-9 and can be grown simply by tossing the seeds where you want them to grow.
The edible seeds are a great protein source for many birds.
Partridge pea seeds are high in phosphorus content and protein value, and their long taproot make it drought tolerant and good for erosion control.
Larval host for cloudless sulfur (Phoebis senna), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme), sleepy orange (Abaeis nicippe), little yellow (Eurema lisa) and ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) butterflies.
The flowers are a great source of nectar for many pollinators including bees, butterflies, and even ants. When the flowers are in bloom, it is my favorite spot to visit in the morning as it is covered in bees.