Dalea candida var. candida
Dalea candida Michx. ex Willd. var. candida
White prairie clover, White prairie-clover
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Petalostemon candidus
USDA Symbol: DACAC
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dalea candida var. candida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dalea candida var. candida in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dalea candida var. candida
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-09-25
Research By: TWC Staff