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Dalea candida var. candida Michx. ex Willd.
White prairie clover, White prairie-clover
Synonyms: Petalostemum candidus
USDA Symbol: DACAC
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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. The bright, white flowers start as a ring around the base of the cone and work upward as the season advances.
Like other members of the pea family, this plant requires the presence of microorganisms that inhabit nodules on the plants root system and produce nitrogen compounds necessary for the plants survival.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
AL , AR , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MN , MO , MS , ND , NE , NH , OK , SC , SD , TN , TX , WI Canada: MB
, SK Native Distribution:
E. IN to s.e. Sask. & MT, s. to TN, LA & TX Native Habitat:
Dry prairies; open woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies
PropagationDescription: Easily propagated from unstratified seed in fall or stratified seed in spring.
Seed Collection: Collect in Aug. and Sep.
Seed Treatment: Scarification, inoculation, moist stratification for 10 days
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-09-25
Research By: TWC Staff