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PlantFiles: Clover
Dalea coerulea

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dalea (DAY-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: coerulea (ko-er-OO-lee-uh) (Info)


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral The_Lorax On Apr 21, 2008, The_Lorax from Quito
Ecuador wrote:

I live in the original range for Andean blue clover. I personally find it to be occasionally invasive, but the colour is so nice that I don't mind. It's extremely easy to propagate, and it's in almost every biome here in Ecuador, from the paramos to the amazon. It appears to be perennial in every biome.

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