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Dalea purpurea, Purple Prairie Clover Seed Balls

  • 1450

Seed Balls for this plant are in stock! You can purchase, but the page is still under construction

Purple prairie clover is a US native. Although it is not a true clover, it is a legume and fixes nitrogen through association with Rhizobium bacteria.

Purple prairie clover can reach almost a meter tall, and can be quite bushy, sporting abundant clusters of cylindrical purple flowers. It blooms throughout the summer in the Central Great Plains, and in the mid-late summer farther north.  It is a nutritious and tasty plant for grazing cattle. It is also used for slope stabilization, native road beautification, and ground cover throughout much of its native range. 



  • Zone 3-9
  • Central US
  • well-drained soils
  • Full Sun
  • Upland
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Threatened
  • Sow: Spring, after frost to mid summer

Cultural History

Native Americans made good use of the plant. Parts of the plant were used as teas, flavorful roots were chewed, and extracts from leaves were used to treat wounds.

A note about seed balls:
Seed balls, also known as seed bombs, protect the seeds from erosion, foraging, and many other factors. This protective property often results in a slower germination cycle. Wildflowers are also highly variable in their germination rates. Please be patient with your seed balls. If you placed them in a suitable location, soil, and climate, when the seeds are ready, they will grow!

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