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Muller, Thomas L.
Dalea candida Michx. ex Willd.
White prairie clover
USDA Symbol: DACA7
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Often occuring in patches, these perennials bear at least 8-10 slender, 1-2 ft. stems and groups of short, narrow leaflets. Tiny, individual flowers cluster around a cylinder-like cone. Several branched stems with smooth, bright green leaves, and dense spikes of white, bilaterally symmetrical flowers. The bright, white flowers start as a ring around the base of the cone and work upward as the season advances.
This species, and others with only five stamens and petals that are all rather similar, were once placed in the genus Petalostemon. White Dalea (D. albiflora), found from Arizona and southwestern New Mexico south to Mexico, resembles White Prairie Clover but has 10 stamens.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Canada: SK Native Distribution:
Central Canada south, mostly along eastern slopes of Rocky Mountains, to Colorado, New Mexico, western Texas, and Mexico; west to Utah and Arizona; and east across Plains states to Illinois and Alabama. Native Habitat:
Two varieties in Texas scattered in sandy, rocky or clayey soil in prairies and open woods from east and southeast Texas to north central Texas, the Plains Country and the Trans-Pecos; SD
south to Chihuahua and Durango, Mexico.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Dalea candida is a delicate looking plant with white flowers. This plant is easily grown from seed in situ or transferred as small plants as it develops a deep taproot. It is best planted in a light to medium soil mixture in full sun. This plant is drought tolerant but can accept summer water. It is a larval host plant for the Dogface butterfly.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2013-10-24
Research By: DEW, JSC, GDB