Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2311

Subshrub; Forb
Perennial

Native: north & west of the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in - - -

Look for it in prairies, glades, and open woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3-5(7) leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Reddish-purple
Barely bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
Corolla not papilionaceous
5 stamens, monadelphous
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a spike

FRUIT:
Summer
Legume

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Dalea purpurea var. purpurea   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dalea purpurea var. purpurea   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Petalostemon purpureus

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Prairie-clover


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image of Dalea purpurea var. purpurea, Purple Prairie-clover

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pepu15_001_lvd

        

image of Dalea purpurea var. purpurea, Purple Prairie-clover

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_dalea_purpurea1

June    Otoe County    NE

image of Dalea purpurea var. purpurea, Purple Prairie-clover

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_dalea_purpurea1b

June    Otoe County    NE

Flowers occur in a round head that matures to a short cylindric head, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Dalea purpurea var. purpurea, Purple Prairie-clover

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_dalea_purpurea1c

June    Otoe County    NE

Pinnately compound leaves with an odd number of leaflets, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Dalea purpurea var. purpurea, Purple Prairie-clover

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_dalea_purpurea1d

June    Otoe County    NE