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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Dalea bicolor var. argyrea (Gray) Barneby
Silver prairie clover, Silver dalea, Silver bush dalea
USDA Symbol: DABIA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov
NM , TX Native Habitat:
Limestone uplands from central Texas westward. Well-drained sand, clay, caliche. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
BenefitUse 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
Larval Host: Sulfur butterflies, Dogface
PropagationPropagation Material: Softwood Cuttings
Description: Keep stock plants cut back for cuttings. Cuttings have a high failure rate, so take lots.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff