Desmanthus illinoensis, Illinois Bundle Flower



Seed pods of D. illinoensis are highly attractive to bids and the foliage is considered palatable and nutritious for wildlife. The seed pods are also high in nutrients and as a result, we often include a few D. illinoensis in restoration and garden plantings. Not all bean species fix Nitrogen, making it accessible for other plants, but Illinois Bundle Flower does!


  • Listing ID: 1121
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 2-4
  • Stratification: No stratification required, scarification required
  • Bloom Time: June-August
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Sunlight Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Family: Fabaceae (Bean)
  • Latin Name: Desmanthus illinoensis
  • Common Name: Illinois Bundle Flower, Prairie Bundle Flower
  • Eco-Region: 251, 255