Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Dalea purpurea Accepted
Petalostemon purpureum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 to 36 inches (30-90cm)
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches (30-45cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable for forage
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: Hulls must be removed.
Other info: Needs no stratification.
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Wasps
Beetles
Moths and Butterflies
Flies
Bumblebees
Bees

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Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.Date: 2010-08-21
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Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.Date: 2011-08-14
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Photo Courtesy of Prairie Nursery. Used with Permission
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-14
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Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.Date: 2012-06-14
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Location: Mentor on the Lake, OhioDate: 2018-06-19Winter sown seedling
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-14
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Location: ILDate: 2014-07-09
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Location: Saint Paul, MinnesotaDate: 5-May-2020New growth emerging on a plant put in the ground late last summer
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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Aug 29, 2013 11:59 AM

When sowing indoors, sow seeds of this clover just beneath the surface of the soil. Transplant outdoors no later than about the first of August to ensure adequate root development. Very drought tolerant once established.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 15, 2016 2:19 PM

Blooms for a long time and produces both pollen and nectar. It is very popular with bees. It's wonderful to watch them gathering the bright golden pollen.

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Plant Events from our members
Chillybean On August 25, 2015 Bloomed
flaflwrgrl On November 1, 2015 Seeds sown
West field closest to house.
MrsBinWY On March 24, 2019 Seeds germinated
4; 13 on 3-26-19
MrsBinWY On March 22, 2019 Seeds sown
16 seeds & inoculant from Prairie Moon in milk jug @ room temp
MrsBinWY On June 17, 2018 Transplanted
Planted 6 out.
MrsBinWY On March 2, 2018 Seeds germinated
1
MrsBinWY On February 25, 2018 Seeds sown
16 seeds from molanic; room temp
MrsBinWY On June 7, 2017 Potted up
2
MrsBinWY On March 21, 2017 Seeds germinated
1 showing
MrsBinWY On March 11, 2017 Seeds sown
milk jug, room temp, 16 seeds from molanic
MrsBinWY On March 11, 2017 Potted up
1
MrsBinWY On February 1, 2017 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On January 28, 2017 Seeds sown
Milk jug, warm room temp, seeds from treehugger, ~3
lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
jhugart On May 16, 2020 Plant emerged
Noticed leaves on the second Purple Prairie Clover I put in the ground last year. I thought they were both lost, but new leaves have emerged on the second plant. The first had leaves earlier this month.
jhugart On May 5, 2020 Plant emerged
Noticed new leaves today on one plant. No indication that the other plant survived.
jhugart On June 17, 2019 Transplanted
It wasn't in the ground yesterday, but was tomorrow, according to pictures.
jhugart On June 15, 2019 Obtained plant
Not exactly sure, but they went into the ground by the 18th.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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A Hard Subject by Chillybean Sep 3, 2015 9:32 AM 0
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dalea purpurea/purple prairie clover by abhege Dec 20, 2013 1:59 PM 4
Wildflower? by TexasPlumeria87 Feb 20, 2013 9:47 AM 8
Looking for seeds of dalea purpurea. by wcgypsy May 12, 2012 10:29 PM 0
Drought tolerant perennials by virginiarose Jan 9, 2012 12:00 PM 89

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