Purple Prairie Clover - Dalea purpurea
| Introduction |
Purple Prairie Clover is a native perennial that grows to 1-3 feet high. It has one or more thin stems
growing from a common base. The leaves are compound and small with narrow leaflets.
Purple Prairie Clover is a Host Plant for three butterflies
Purple Prairie Clover is used as host plant by the Dogface sulfur, Striped Blue, Mexican Blue (Hemiargus isola).
Purple Prairie Clover Pictures
Close up of some flowers - notice the orange stamens. These two haven't been blooming for very long. In
the background you can see the full stems of Purple Prairie Clover:
Where to buy Purple Prairie Clover
Native plant nurseries are the only places I know that sell them.
I believe I initially started mine from seed, although since then I haven't had very good luck in getting more started. The seedlings seem very fragile and can flop over and get covered in dirt from a hard rain pretty easily. They are not very wide plants, so a lot of them can be grown in a small area.
The Pea/Fabaceae Family
Lead Plant is member of the Fabaceae Family. This is a large family consisting of 640 genera and 17,000 species. Members of this family include peas, beans, soybeans, lentils, alfalfa and many clover species.
From the U. S. Department of Agriculture:
More information about Purple Prairie Clover can be found at the USDA site.
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