(Dalea purpurea ‘Purple Prairie’)
Purple Prairie Clover is a native perennial flower that can be found growing in prairies throughout the United States. Growing to the height of 1-3' tall, this beautiful plant features tiny purple flowers that grow densely on a cone-like head. This cultivar is a gardening powerhouse due to its nitrogen-fixing ability, it attracts bees and butterflies, it provides forage to birds and livestock, it is both edible and medicinal, it tolerates drought, as well as being gorgeous as a cut flower!
Starting Purple Prairie Clover Seeds
Variety: Purple Prairie Clover
Also known as: Violet Prairie Clover
Native Range: Alabama, Alberta, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Saskatchewan, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Introduced to: New York
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Bloom): Summer-Early Fall
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Keep the soil consistently moist until germination, which usually occurs within 10-12 days. Water seedlings occasionally until they become established
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
Attracts beneficial insects?: Yes. Attracts bees and produces protein-rich seed that is a source of food for many birds as well as deer, antelope, livestock, and small animals of all kinds.
Sow Depth: 1/4"
USDA Grow Zone: 3a-9b
Produces: tiny purple flowers that grow densely on a cone-like head