Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in well-drained soil
  • Prefers full sun
  • Tolerant of various soil types, including sandy and loamy soils
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Features:

Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea) is a charming native perennial esteemed for its vibrant purple flowers, delicate foliage, and ability to thrive in harsh prairie environments. Its resilience, drought tolerance, and low maintenance make it an excellent choice for prairie restorations, wildflower gardens, and pollinator habitats. This native plant not only adds beauty to the landscape but also supports pollinators and enhances the ecological integrity of naturalized areas.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Purple Prairie Clover can reach a height of 1 to 3 feet with a spread of 1 to 2 feet. Its upright stems are adorned with pinnate leaves and topped with cylindrical spikes of vibrant purple flowers, creating a striking visual display in prairie landscapes.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Purple Prairie Clover offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Support: The vibrant purple flowers of Purple Prairie Clover attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in prairie habitats and wildflower gardens.
  • Nitrogen Fixation: Purple Prairie Clover has the ability to fix nitrogen in the soil, improving soil fertility and supporting the growth of other plants in prairie ecosystems.
  • Erosion Control: The deep root system of Purple Prairie Clover helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion on prairie landscapes, making it an excellent choice for erosion-prone areas.
  • Wildlife Habitat: Purple Prairie Clover provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including bees, butterflies, and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance in naturalized areas.
  • Visual Appeal: With its vibrant flowers and delicate foliage, Purple Prairie Clover adds color and texture to prairie landscapes, wildflower gardens, and pollinator habitats, creating a vibrant and inviting outdoor space.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Purple Prairie Clover is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for landowners seeking a resilient and beautiful plant that supports pollinators and enhances the ecological value of their property.