Partridge pea is a long-lived, annual legume common to the sandy soils of South Texas. It can be very common on over-grazed or highly disturbed range sites, but also grows in high successional areas as well. This species responds well to disturbance, high densities of the plant are usually present following fire, heavy grazing, or mechanical treatment. Partridge pea is considered an excellent food plant for bobwhite quail and other granivorous birds. It blooms throughout the summer, but can be most apparent in late summer/early fall after tropical storms. The seeds are produced in legumes, which split upon maturity. Solid plantings can produce an average of 550 pounds of seed per acre. Seeds can be drilled or broadcasted.