Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Purple Prairie Clover

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.

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