Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)
A short, adaptable nitrogen-fixer with small but bright purple blooms. Hardy, easy to grow in poor soils, and drought tolerant. Reseeds in favorable conditions, but seeds should be spread by hand if desired as they rarely travel far from the mother plant. An excellent species to plant among butterfly milkweed for soil health and contrasting blooms!
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jul-Aug
Root Type: Taproot
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees (including several specialist species), wasps, flies, small butterflies, skippers, and beetles. Hosts the dogface sulphur and Reakirt’s blue butterflies, as well as a number of smaller insects. Readily eaten by mammalian herbivores.