The partridge pea is a valuable annual reseeding erect legume for multiple wildlife species. It is also an important pollinator species for various butterflies. It can be potentially toxic to cattle in large quantities. It's bright yellow flower also adds to its value as a landscaping plant. This plant grows on a wide range of soils that are slightly acid to moderately alkaline. However, it grows best on moderately lime, well drained soils.
Provides food for deer, small rodents, upland game birds, and waterfowl. Useful in erosion control.