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Photo courtesy of USFWS Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.

Purple prairie clover

Scientific name
Dalea purpurea
Plant Family
Plant Group
A brilliant purple flower spike that blooms in July through September is found in dry prairies. The slender stem stand 2 feet tall with very narrow alternate leaves.
Identification Hints

A brilliant purple flower spike that blooms in July through September is found in dry prairies. The slender stem stand 2 feet tall with very narrow alternate leaves.

Did You Know?

Purple prairie clover is a legume and is an important nitrogen-fixing plant. It is highly palatable to cattle and used in grazing. The fruit is a 1-2 seeded pod. Native bees and honeybees are known pollinators of purple prairie clover.

States
AL, AR, AZ, CO, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI, WY