(Purple Prairie Clover)
500 seeds $2.25
Dalea pupurea is a native perennial wildflower with magenta-purple flowers in early summer. Plant it near the front of the border where you can admire the intricate flowers up close. It looks stunning with golden-yellow flowers like Coreopsis tinctoria and Ratibida columifera. Dalea purpurea is an important host plant for several butterfly species, including Marine Blue, Reakirt's Blue, and Southern Dogface. Dalea purpurea is a member of the legume family, so it improves soil by fixing nitrogen. It is drought tolerant and adaptable to a wide range of conditions.
Also known as Petalostemon purpureum, Purple Prairie Clover, and Violet Prairie Clover. Hardy in zones 3-9.
height 18-24" spacing 15"
Sowing Dalea purpurea Seeds
Start dalea seeds indoors in late winter. Barely cover the seeds with soil, then refrigerate for 3 weeks. Or sow outdoors in the fall. Full sun. Spacing 15".