Dalea purpurea, Purple Prairie Clover


Historical Uses: The Chippewa tribe used the leaves and blossoms of this species for heart troubles and the Navajo made a tea to treat pneumonia.  The Comanche and Lakota chewed the roots as candy.


  • Listing ID: 1119
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): Dry to Medium-wet
  • Stratification: 60 days cold moist stratification required
  • Bloom Time: July-August
  • Family: Fabaceae (Bean)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Latin Name: Dalea purpurea
  • Common Name: Purple Prairie Clover
  • Eco-Region: 251, 255