Purple prairie-clover is a native prairie plant that produces a distinctive wreath of purple flowers around the base of a spike. Beloved by pollinators, they will bloom starting in early to mid-summer and continue for four to six weeks.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Pea
- Family (botanic) Fabaceae
- Tree or plant type Perennial
- Native locale Chicago area
- Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Light exposure Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Dry soil
- Tolerances Dry sites, Occasional drought
- Season of interest early summer, midsummer
- Flower color and fragrance Purple
- Shape or form Upright
- Growth rate Moderate, Slow