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Dalea bicolor var. argyrea

Silver prairie clover, Silver dalea, Silver bush dalea

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Dalea bicolor var. argyrea (Silver prairie clover)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Habitat: Limestone uplands from central Texas westward. Well-drained sand, clay, caliche.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Conditions Comments: Nice groundcover for xeric areas where its silvery foliage can be used to best effect. The fine ferny texture of black dalea foliage contrasts well with other plants such as prickly pear cactus and grasses. Use this fast growing, mounding shrub in any dry garden situation that calls for both flowers and a defined form.


Use Ornamental: Showy, Blooms ornamental, Aromatic, Mass planting
Use Wildlife: Nectar-bees, Nectar-insects, Cover, Browse, Leaves-rabbit.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Sulfur butterflies, Dogface

Last Update: 2010-04-17