Dalea purpureum (Petalostemon)

Purple Prairie Clover

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A prairie wildflower, Purple Prairie Clover is a heavy bloomer with intensely red-violet flowers at the tips of the stiff, upright stems. Being a deep-rooted legume, Purple Prairie Clover also adds valuable nitrogen to the soil. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to grow
Native
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Pest / Disease Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 76750

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18" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). This prairie wildflower that endears itself to everyone who sees it in flower. Purple Prairie Clover is a heavy bloomer. The intensely red-violet flowers punctuate the stiff, upright stems, adding a nice structural element to the garden. Being a deep-rooted legume, Purple Prairie Clover adds valuable nitrogen to the soil and helps keep it fertile for neighboring plants. Well adapted to many different soil types, even tolerating clay.
SKU 76750
Common Name Purple Prairie Clover
Botanical Name Dalea (Petalostemon) purpureum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 18" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Easy to grow, Native, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Pest / Disease Resistant, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Planting And Growing Tips For Prairie Clover (Dalea) a genus of New World wildflowers that includes both woody and herbaceous species. These plants are legumes and fix nitrogen into the soil. Preferred growing conditions:

  • Plant in most any soil including clay with full sun conditions.
  • Mulching is not needed.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plants. Once established, infrequent, deep watering is fine.
  • Fertilizing is not needed, as they are legumes that fix nitrogen from the air and put it into the soil.
  • Special comments:

  • Allow the herbaceous types to re-seed. Seeds are also eaten by songbirds, so deadheading is not recommended.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code. Orders with this item will begin shipping the week of April 23. Most Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27 through Mid-June, warmest zones first.

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Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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3.5

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Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Garden (4)
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5.0

Butterflies & bees love this plant

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from southern Colorado

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Dalea purpureum (Petalostemon):

      planted on a terrace, beautiful plant, low water, low care

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      3.0

      Slow to establish. Hope it make it through winter.

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      from Denver, CO

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Dalea purpureum (Petalostemon):

          No growth the first season. Just stayed alive. Hope it make it through the winter and grows this year. Not sure if I will recommend it yet or not? Tried it from seed in past and no luck with that either.

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          4.0

          Cute!

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          from Casper, WY

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Dalea purpureum (Petalostemon):

            By the end of the season, this plant was spreading and blooming. A winner right out of the gate!

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            4.0

            Nifty plant!

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            from Indianapolis, IN

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            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Versatile

            Cons

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Dalea purpureum (Petalostemon):

              I have these plants in a sunny, dry-ish area, along a sidewalk mixed in with some coreopsis and echinacea. Due to the sun heating the walk, it tends to try out the area quickly (even after it rains) so I needed plants that could handle drier soil conditions, but could also tolerate wetter soil when it happened. They are a bit slow to take off, at least in my experience. I bought some a few years ago and they're just now really growing strong.

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              4.0

              Good for Utah clay

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              from Cedar Hills, UT

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              • Hardy
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                Comments about High Country Gardens Dalea purpureum (Petalostemon):

                Thrives well on hot, south-facing clay hillside with little water.
                Minor floral display the first year, but came back bigger and more beautiful the following seasons.
                Foliage is virtually evergreen in current location.

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                1.0

                Deceased

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                from high desert NV

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                Pros

                • Arrive Alive

                Cons

                • Past 2 Years No Growth
                • Tried 201414 - All Died

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Dalea purpureum (Petalostemon):

                Tried these for 2 years, all died. Second year, I took extra care in planting, location, watering and feeding. The three grew about 2-3" and died back. No evidence of any return for 2015.(so far?) Will not order these again!!

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                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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