Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Dalea purpure - Purple Prairie Clover

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

 Dalea purpure

The United State Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Services has a wonderful map showing the natural range of Purple Prairie Clover. They list Dalea purpurea as Presumed Extirpated

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources list New Purple Prairie Clover as X Presumed Extirpated in the state of Ohio.
 Purple Praire Clover
Praire Clover from our friends in Michigan

Wildlife Significance

Nectar & Pollen - Attracts numerous native bees, honey bees, Syrphid flies, beetles, skippers, small butterflies

Oligoleges (specialist pollinators) -
Several kinds of plaster bees

Protein -
Prairie Clover is high in protein and enjoyed by a large number of mammals

Seed -
Small Rodents enjoy Prairie Clover seed

For detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower site

Seed Provenance

Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2014 Nodding Onion Gardens 2015 to Present

Close up of Praire Clover
Prairie Clover

Cultivation Information

Height - 12 to 24 inches
Flower Color
Blooms -
July - September
Sun -
Full to part shade
Soil -
Normal to dry 

Hardy Zone - 3 to 8

Family - Fabaceae (Bean Family)

Pollinator Gardens -
A perfect addition to your pollinator garden. This native Ohio clover deserves a front row seat in your wildflower garden.

Purple Prairie Clover seed
Dalea purpure seed not quite ready to harvest