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Dalea purpurea Vent.
Purple prairie clover
USDA Symbol: dapu5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Tiny rose-purple flowers in cylindrical, head-like masses at ends of upright wiry stems.
This is one of the most widespread of the perennial Prairie Clovers, identifiable by their cone-like flower heads. An excellent range species, with high protein content, Purple Prairie Clover decreases in abundance with overgrazing. A midwestern white-flowering species, White Prairie Clover (D. candida), has elongated flower heads and is only 2 (60 cm) tall. A white-flowering southeastern coastal plain species, D. carnea var. albida, has conspicuous green bracts within the heads.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Indiana and w. Tennessee southwest to Arkansas, Texas, and beyond; north to s. Canada. Native Habitat:
Prairies and dry hills.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Conditions Comments: Deer resistant
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Division of this deep-rooted plant can be tricky so propogation by seed is recommended.
Seed Collection: Seeds mature in late summer.
Seed Treatment: Scarify seedcoat with sandpaper.
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Small perennials & grasses for a naturalized lawn
October 26, 2009
I am looking for native perennials and grasses that will grow no more than 8 inches tall that can be used in a naturalized lawn in Michigan. What 5 plants would be your first choice?
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Record Last Modified: 2013-10-24
Research By: TWC Staff