Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Dalea purpure - Purple Prairie Clover

Natural Range of This Ohio Native Plant

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
Close up of Praire Clover
Cultivation Information

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)

Purple Prairie Clover seed
Seed not quite ready to harvest