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Dalea villosa var. villosa (Silky prairie clover)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Dalea villosa var. villosa

Dalea villosa (Nutt.) Spreng. var. villosa

Silky Prairie Clover

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Synonym(s): Petalostemon villosus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Listed as a threatened species. Requires active sand dunes which limits its habitat. Disappears when dunes become stabilized.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Lavender to pink.


USA: CO , IA , KS , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , WI , WY
Canada: MB , SK
Native Habitat: Prairie/Meadow/Field

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sand

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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.

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Dalea villosa var. villosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dalea villosa var. villosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dalea villosa var. villosa


Record Modified: 2022-11-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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