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Dalea purpurea

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: June, July, August

Bloom Color: purple, pink, lilac

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, cottage garden plant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant

Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover)
  • Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover)
  • Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover)
  • Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover)

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Description

Dalea purpurea

Also known as:

purple prairie clover

,

violet prairie clover

,

red tassel flower

,

thimbleweed

,

wanahcha

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Dalea purpurea Gows to a height of about 3'. The leaves are concentrated at the bottom of the plant and become sparse as they move up the stem. They are compound, consisting of several thin leaflets that are no more than 1/8" wide. It is identifiable among clovers by its dense, cylindrical flower heads borne atop rigid, wiry stems. Bloom color will vary from pink, to more saturated shades of purple. Bloom time begins in early to mid- summer and lasts 1 1/2 months or more.

Cultivation

Purple prairie clover is easy to grow in average, well-drained soils, in full sun. Mature plants develop deep taproots and can be considered drought tolerant. Its ability to fix nitrogen makes it a good choice for prairie restoration, an the rehabilitation of disturbed areas. It does not spread aggressively, has a clumping habit, ornamental foliage, and can be used effectively in rock gardens and sunny perennial borders. A cold hardy, warm season plant. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagation can be tricky. Seed germination rate tends to be low, but can be improved by scarification (weakening the seed coat by gently running the seeds over sand paper). Plants are difficult to divide without damaging their taproots.

Additional Notes

Dalea purpurea is attractive to bees and butterflies. Browsing mammals will also find it irresistible.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, AZ, CO, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: TN
  • Presumed Extirpated: OH
  • Special Concern: KY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae Pea family
Genus Dalea prairie clover
Species Dalea purpurea purple prairie clover