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Dalea frutescens

Dalea frutescens
black prairie clover
Fresh new growth in May

Common name black prairie clover
Family fabaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers purple-pink (spring-fall)
Size 36"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil; drought-tolerant
From seed scarify, sow at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Shrubby mounding perennial with composite leaves, the small leaflets arranged in opposite pairs. Vetch-like flowers arrive in short spikes at the ends of branches, starting in spring. Thrives on neglect once established. Unlike other daleas native to Texas, this one has woody stems.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: rock garden zone

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '22 garden. Baggy 70 (92%G). Germination progressed with repeated sandpaper scarification, with a flush of seedlings 3-5 days after each treatment.

Successfully scarified seeds swell to more than twice their original size.

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