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Black Prairie Clover Dalea frutescens

 

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Black Prairie Clover
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Alternate name: Black Dalea

Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family



Description Black Prairie Clover or Black Dalea is a 1-3 ft., rounded or often spreading, thornless shrub. Delicately compound leaves adorn the many forked branches. Magenta, pea-like flowers occur in terminal spikes.


Habitat Dry, scrubby, limestone hills.


Range S.e. Oklahoma, south and west to w. Texas, New Mexico, and n. Mexico.


Discussion Overwatering and/or fertilization can cause legginess, weak growth, and reduced flowering. Drought-resistant. Once established, this plant requires little or no maintenance.


Comments Overwatering and/or fertilization can cause legginess, weak growth, and reduced flowering. Drought-resistant. Once established, this plant requires little or no maintenance.


Exposure Preference Sun.


Flower June - September


Native Distribution S.e. Oklahoma, s. & w. to w. Texas, New Mexico & n. Mexico


Site Preference Dry, scrubby, limestone hills


Soil Preference Dry, limestone soils.


Wildlife Value Rabbits and deer will browse on this plant.


 

 

 

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