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Purple Prairie Clover
Dalea purpurea (Petalostemum purpureum)
Full sun, medium to dry moisture level, tolerates a wide range of soils including clay. 1-3 ft. height, blooms in summer, rose/purple flowers, will self-seed under optimum conditions.
Germination Code: A, J, I
Native Region: Only occurs in 3 counties – Davidson, Wilson and Rutherford – in the Interior Plateau.
Designated an “Endangered Species” in Tennessee. Purple Prairie Clover is a legume that adds nitrogen to the soil. Low maintenance plant with showy flowers and a deep tap root. Slow to develop but otherwise easy to grow. Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.