Slender plants with fine-cut foliage, topped with cheerful purple flowerspikes. Oddly, my AHS plant encyclopedia rates it hardy only in zones 9-11 (so I didn't expect it to come back this year, after growing it from seed last year), but all other information I've found says it's perfectly hardy. And that's fine by me.
||purple prairie clover
||ordinary garden soil, drought-tolerant
||scarify, germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||late September|
The plant is very late to re-emerge in spring. In fact, I usually stop checking by sometime in May, and then notice plants sometime in July, so I don't even know when they do decide to pop their heads up. As a consequence, our main plant still lives in our nursery area, many years after it was first started from seed.
In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: orchard nursery area
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|cliff||Feb 27, 2006||I am studying this plant. last year I grew the plant from seed and ordered live seedlings. the live seedling plants were much bigger in the fall, sadly the plants were growen in less that perfect conditions. I was able to harvest a modest amount of roots for chemical studys.
as an amatuer ethnobotanist I am interested in the purported effects outlined in scant ethnobotanical data referring to the use of the plant by plains indians as an antidiarrheal and analgesic/tonic. a quick search led me to the information that the plant contains at least one opioid agonist.
I am interested in obtaining wildcrafted or farm raised roots and flowers of the plant, but so far have had no luck. The plant does not grow in the northwest where I live to my knowledge.
Looking at dalea purpureas profile I could see possible benefit of some cultures adopting the nitrogen fixing/medicinal qualities of dalea purpurea to their benefit.
nice website rob.
|PD Wythe, Meeker co, Mn||Jan 06, 2011||I found this plant growing in native prairie(Z4) this past year. Lots and lots of them. I found out they do not transplant well. But they sure are pretty in bloom. You're lucky to have them in your garden.|
|Laura||Aug 29, 2014||I've collected some Dalea purpurea seeds and was wondering how to "dehusk" them? Could you give more information on cleaning the seeds? Thank you!|
- Seed from '02 trade. Dehusked and scarified seed (little shiny tan teardrops). Baggy 70F (68%G, 8-80d). A new flush of germination occurred after a second scarification
- Same seed as above. Scarified with sandpaper. Baggy 70F (35%G, 4d)
- Seed from '04 garden. These seeds were dark brown and shriveled, didn't seem viable next to the shiny ones from the trade. Yet: No scarification. Baggy 70F (70%G, 4d)
- Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (4w) - 35F (30d) - 70F (7w; no G)
- Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (18%G, in flushes several days after scarifying with sandpaper)
Scarification is essential. No cold treatment required.
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