Prairie Clover, Purple

Plant Height 8 to 36 inches
Botanical Name Dalea purpurea
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period June-August
Flower Color Purple


Widely distributed in the central portion of the United States from Arizona to Montana east to Ohio and Georgia, Purple Prairie Clover can be found growing in many different soil types on the prairies, plains and hills across its native range. The bright purple flowers with golden specks can be seen in bloom from June-August. During this time, it is a favorite stop for many different pollinating bees and butterflies. Growing from 1-3 feet in height, this perennial legume is a staple for any conservation or wildlife planting that will receive full sunlight. A highly sought after forage by grazing livestock it will decrease with heavy grazing and is a good indicator of pasture health. Being a legume, this species has the ability to fixate nitrogen into the soil and will occupy poorer soils where it can utilize this ability.

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