Using ecology to restore land and water
Purple prairie clover is a dainty perennial with fine textured foliage and cylindrical flower heads packed with purple flowers. It is similar to white prairie clover (Dalea candida). This warm season legume grows well in most soil types because it can fix nitrogen. The deep, fibrous roots help anchor soil. It is a commonly used species in prairie restoration and re-vegetation. Bees and beetles visit the flowers for pollen and nectar. Purple prairie clover is used as forage by cattle and wildlife. It is great for home landscaping but may need to be caged until established to prevent herbivory.
full sun to partial sun
1 – 2 ft.
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