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PlantFiles: Black Dalea, Black Prairie Clover
Dalea frutescens

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dalea (DAY-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Perennials
Shrubs

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive frostweed On Nov 13, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Black Dalea, Black Prairie Clover Dalea frutescens is a lovely small shrub native to Texas and other States.

Positive tobydmv On Dec 19, 2006, tobydmv from Lake Dallas, TX wrote:

I planted my black dalea next to a brick wall on the western exposure of my house in full sun. I believe I planted it in September and it has thrived up until the most recent frost. It can take full sun in an oven and come out ok. It handles neglect very well but wont tolerate wet soils.

It grows from seed easily but they must be kept dry or they will rot.

Seems to grow moderately fast with some care. Mine has not bloomed yet.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Alice, Texas
Austin, Texas
Crawford, Texas
Dalworthington Gardens, Texas
Hudson Oaks, Texas
San Antonio, Texas



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