Dalea purpurea - Purple Prairie Clover (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Perennials

Dalea purpurea

Purple Prairie Clover

Dalea purpurea, commonly called purple prairie clover, is a native Missouri prairie clover which occurs in glades, rocky open woods and prairies throughout the State except for the far southeastern counties. Typically grows 1-3' tall. Features tiny purple flowers in dense, cone-like heads atop erect, wiry stems in summer. A nitrogen-fixing plant that is an important component of Midwestern prairie restorations. 

Additional:

Formerly known as Petalostemon purpureum.

Purple Prairie Clover Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. A thick and deep taproot enables this plant to tolerate drought well. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions.

Height:

12-36 in

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Spread:

12-18 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Dalea purpurea

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Attributes
Mass Planting
Drought Tolerant
Native
Naturalizing
Border or Bed
Rock Garden
Cut Flower
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