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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Summer Wildflowers


Chris Grondahl photo: Purple prairie clover
Chris Grondahl
  Purple prairie clover
(Dalea pupurea)

Distribution: statewide
Habitat: upland, rocky prairies and hillsides
Flowers: purple on cylindrical spikes up to 2 inches long
Height: 1-3 feet, on multiple stems giving a bushy appearance
Blooms: early July to mid-August
Family name: Legume (Fabaceae)
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Common in prairie restorations. Sometimes Purple prairie clover can be an important component in prairie hay.


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