purple prairie clover
Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover) is a native Illinois prairie species that grows well in full sun. It has a deep taproot that helps sustain it through drought.
D. pupurea supports insects as both a food source and a host (ex. Dogface Butterfly larvae). Like the white prairie clover, D. pupurea also struggles to establish in areas of development disturbance.
|Botanical Name||Dalea purpurea|
|Common Name||purple prairie clover|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun|
|Season(s) of interest||summer|
|Height and Spread||1-3ft x 1-1.5ft (30-90cm x 30-45cm)|
|Flower Color||Rose Purple|
|Attracts Wildlife||Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators,|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Northwest Light Plate, East Meadow, Bird Border – Columbus, Bird Border – Monroe|