Purple Prairie Clover

  • Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover



Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea Vent.)

Purple prairie clover is very desirable component of warm season grass plantings. It is readily grazed by all classes of livestock and is an important food source for upland game birds. It is most abundant in upland sites in sand prairies, hill prairies, and gravel-hill prairies. Purple prairie clover has very showy cylindrical flowers and narrow slender leaves making it a very attractive and non-invasive ornamental plant for the gardens or wildflower plantings.

Plant Characterstics

Height:   12 to 36 inches

Growth habit: Several stems from a single base

Bloom color: pinkish-purple

Bloom Period:

Leaf foilage color: green narrow leaflets

Seeds per pound: 300,000 hulled

Minimum soil temperature for germination:

Soil pH range: 6.5 to 8.0

Planting Rate:

Planting Depth: ¼ to ½ inch

Planting Season: Scarified seed: Spring; unscarified seed: Fall 

*Special considerations for spring germination: seed germination can be improved with mechanical scarification. Seed needs to be inoculated with Rhizobium for nitrogen fixation to occur. Germination of scarified seed generally occurs within 2 weeks after planting provided adequate soil moisture and temperature conditions are met.