Authentic Wisconsin.  Purple Prairie Clover - Dalea purpurea


Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on July 29, 2020.


Above: Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot in Madison, Wisconsin. (7/10/20).


Purple Prairie Clover - Dalea purpurea/Petalostemum purpureum

Purple Prairie Clover is a native plant that grows in full sun in prairies and meadows. It grows from 1' to 3' in height.

Purple Prairie Clover inflorescence (the complete flower head of a plant including stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers) is up to 2 1/2" long. The purple, 5-parted flowers bloom on a dense spike from the bottom upward.

Purple Prairie Clover blooms from June through August.

Leaves of Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on June 27, 2020.


Above: Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot in Madison, Wisconsin. (7/10/20).


Other Names: Violet prairie-clover.

For more information on the Purple Prairie Clover, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Purple Prairie Clover - Dalea purpurea.


Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on July 1, 2020.
Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on July 1, 2020.
Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on July 4, 2020.
Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on July 4, 2020.
Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on July 4, 2020.
Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on July 4, 2020.

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Purple Prairie Clover
Dalea purpurea


Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot on July 4, 2020.

Above: Purple Prairie Clover next to the UW Arboretum Visitors Center parking lot in Madison, Wisconsin. (7/4/20).


Purple Prairie Clover specimen collected near Plateville, Wisconsin on September 18, 1962.

Above: Purple Prairie Clover specimen collected near Plateville, WI. (9/18/1962).


1919 Purple Prairie Clover illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott.

Above: 1919 Purple Prairie Clover illustration by Mary Vaux Walcott. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist.



Purple Prairie Clover.

Purple Prairie Clover.

Purple Prairie Clover.

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