Dalea bicolor var. argyrea
Dalea bicolor Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd. var. argyrea (A. Gray) Barneby
Silver Prairie Clover, Silver Dalea, Silver Bush Dalea
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Dalea argyrea
USDA Symbol: DABIA
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: NM , TX
Native Habitat: Limestone uplands from central Texas westward. Well-drained sand, clay, caliche.
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
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.
PropagationPropagation Material: Softwood Cuttings
Description: Keep stock plants cut back for cuttings. Cuttings have a high failure rate, so take lots.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Naval Air Station Kingsville - Kingsville, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dalea bicolor var. argyrea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dalea bicolor var. argyrea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dalea bicolor var. argyrea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff