Prairie Clover, White

CHARACTERISTICS
Botanical Name Dalea candida
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period June-August
Flower Color White
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Description

White Prairie Clover, perennial, is commonly found in the central portion of the United States from South Carolina to Wisconsin and Arizona to Montana. Inhabiting dry prairies and open woodlands, it prefers full sunlight and can commonly be found in the native grass prairies of the Great Plains. The white flowers begin opening at the bottom of the spike and progress upwards through the June-August blooming season. Highly palatable, it is sought out by many grazers as forage and can decrease in population under heavy grazing pressure. As with the other prairie clovers, this legume has the ability to fixate nitrogen in the soils, allowing it to occupy soils of poorer fertility. Growing up to 3 feet in height, its leaves are much wider than those of Purple Prairie Clover and can easily be distinguished prior to bloom.

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