Description: This legume with pea-like flowers is often planted as a food source for doves and quail.
Life Span: Annual
Light Exposure: Full sun to high pine shade
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: Mid-summer to mid-fall
Height (in bloom): 3+ feet
Habitat: Dry - pinelands and disturbed areas
Germination Note: Seeds have hard, water impermeable seed coats that prevent germination. Lightly abrading the hard seed coats on sandpaper or a concrete surface (“scarification”) for a few seconds will allow the seeds to absorb water and germinate. To test whether the seed coats have been abraded enough, place a few of the abraded seeds in a shallow dish of water. Sufficiently scarified seeds will swell noticeably within an hour or two; swollen seeds must be sown immediately. If most seeds do not swell, repeat the abrasion process and retest. Scarified seeds should be sown within a week or two.