Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

Plant Family: Fabaceae (Bean)

Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea

Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea) is a striking addition to any prairie restoration

If you’re thinking of conducting a prairie restoration in the Midwest Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea) should be on your list.  Members of the bean family were a common member of the flora of tall and shortgrass prairies.  They fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and naturally help enrich the soil.   In addition to helping the soil the are also very colorful and really add to the summer appeal of the grassland.

Purple Prairie Clover Habitat

Purple Prairie Clover in its restored habitat.