|Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover) Wildflower Seeds Be the first one to write a review|
Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Violet Prairie Clover
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Height: 12 in to 36 in
Spacing: 15 in to 18 in
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Sow seeds just below soil surface at 70F and water. Slow to germinate.
Seeds Per Oz: 17500
Meriwether Lewis described this prairie plant in his diary entry of September 2nd 1804, saying that “the Indians use it as an application to fresh wounds.” He went on to collect several more specimens and described them fully in his notes, since he had no previous knowledge of the plant. Purple Prairie Clover produces protein-rich seed that is a source of food for many birds as well as deer, antelope, livestock, and small animals of all kinds. Native Americans also valued this versatile plant, often brewing the leaves for tea or eating the roots as a delicacy. The Pawnees dried the stems and tied them together for brooms, leading to the nickname “broom weed.” The genus name Dalea honors Samuel Dale (1659-1739), an English botanist, physician, and historian.
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