En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - April 03, 2013

From: Dallas, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Identity of Dalea plant
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

While in Austin recently (I live in Dallas), I visited Jardinero on Cesar Chavez and purchased a shrub identified only as "Dalea". It is 3-4 feet tall, upright habit, typical tiny pea family foliage and lots of tiny pale pink pea family flowers. I cannot find a Dalea species that fits this plant. Can you help?

ANSWER:

There are several Daleas that grow to the size you mention and have pink flowers.   Take a look at these.   Perhaps one of them is the one you bought.

Dalea purpurea (Purple prairie clover) can grow to 3 feet high.  Here are photos and more information from Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers.

Dalea frutescens (Black dalea) can also grow to 3 feet high.   Here are photos and more information from Aggie Horticulture.

Dalea pulchra (Pretty dalea) is also called "Bush Dalea" and grow up to 8 feet high.   Here are photos and more information from Delange.org and from the Master Gardeners of University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.

Dalea bicolor var. argyrea (Silver prairie clover) is in the size class 1-3 feet.   Here are more photos from Southwest Environmental Information Network.

Dalea formosa (Feather dalea) grows 2-3 feet high.  Here are more photos and information from Aggie Horticulture.

Psorothamnus fremontii var. fremontii (Fremont's dalea) grows from 2 to 6 feet.  Here are more photos and information from Southwest Environmental Information Network.

 

From the Image Gallery


Purple prairie clover
Dalea purpurea

Purple prairie clover
Dalea purpurea

Black dalea
Dalea frutescens

Black dalea
Dalea frutescens

Pretty dalea
Dalea pulchra

Pretty dalea
Dalea pulchra

Silver prairie clover
Dalea bicolor var. argyrea

Silver prairie clover
Dalea bicolor var. argyrea

Feather dalea
Dalea formosa

Feather dalea
Dalea formosa

Fremont indigo bush
Psorothamnus fremontii var. fremontii

More Plant Identification Questions

Dodder
April 06, 2012 - I was driving around Llano, Texas and saw patches of orange amongst the wildflowers. From afar the patches seemed like dying plants. On close inspection, they are orange tendrils that are overrunnin...
view the full question and answer

Instructions for pictures from Red Bud IL
January 29, 2012 - Mr. Smarty Plants, I followed your instructions on how to submit pictures for you to identify "If you would like to know what the plant is that came up, Mr. Smarty Plants loves to identify plan...
view the full question and answer

Photographing and Identifying trees of Long Island
June 01, 2013 - After being in a car accident I got into photography as sports are a distant memory due to my injuries. As a new hobby I thought of taking pictures of trees and then finding out their species name. ...
view the full question and answer

Proper spacing for planting yuccas
January 10, 2009 - We bought some yuccas and need to know how far apart to plant them
view the full question and answer

Plant identification in Mojave Desert
November 20, 2013 - I need help in identifying a shrub like plant that I found in SW Utah near Beaver Dam, UT (Which is near the Arizona/Nevada border). It is approximately 12 inches in height with profuse stems origina...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center