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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Dec 13, 2013 6:45 PM CST
Anyone familiar with this? We're looking to possibly use for erosion control, maybe goat forage?
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Dec 13, 2013 10:47 PM CST
It's common in wild mid grass prairies here. Dalea emerges fairly late in the spring. Young shoots look rather puny, and at least in Minnesota, I would not categorize it as a high biomass producer for fodder. Although, I would certainly think it would be very nutritional. I grow Dalea candida in my garden, which is almost the same but with white flowers. It must be taprooted as my oldest plant (12 years) still grows from a central point and only covers a 20" diameter area, with about two dozen stems. In the wild, a plant will only produce 1-10 stems. I might suggest you interplant both species. They will not cross breed. I'd be happy to supply you with candida seed, but I'm not sure how a northern strain might do in Georgia. Dalea does well and looks good interplanted with other prairie forbes and short to mid grasses.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Dec 14, 2013 5:51 AM CST
Much appreciated! I actually saw a hybrid plant from Bluestone perennial and did a bit of checking to make sure it wasn't an invasive type plant. When I found the prairie type info it did mention a more northern climate so I don't know if it would do well here. Maybe I could get just a few seeds to try and save the BS plant for my original intent of putting on a bank? I didn't even realize there was a white one.

I think if we do decided to use it for fodder it would just be a small part of the goat's grazing area.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
Dec 14, 2013 7:49 PM CST
Shoot me a treemail with your address if you'd like seed. I looked up my records and I grew my P. candida plants from wild seed I collected in Isanti County, just north of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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growitall
Dec 20, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Dalea purpurea has a deep taproot and is not at all invasive.
[Last edited by growitall - Dec 20, 2013 2:00 PM (+)]
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