Dalea candida (White prairie clover)

Formerly Petalostemon candidus. Native perennial non-toxic legume with white flowers, blooming June to October. Branched taproot. Found on well-drained coarse textured soils of prairies, roadsides and wooded openings; up to 8,000 ft. elevation. Provides nutritious browse for antelope, deer, elk and sharp-tail grouse. Intolerant of overgrazing. Attracts numerous native bees and honeybees and is a food source for the larvae of the Reakirt’s blue butterfly. Use for reclamation of disturbed soils, range renovation, prairie habitat restoration and roadside mixes. Varieties listed below.

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Family: Fabaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb/subshrub

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Multiple stem

Mature Height: 12-36 in.

Bloom Color: White

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Annual Precipitation:  in.

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Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation: 3,000-8,000

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Nitrogen fixation: Yes


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Seeds per Pound: 278,000

Seeding Rate: 4 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Fall/Spring

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Antelope - Vigorous, high forage and seed producer. Plant for forage, range renovation and prairie restoration. (Released 2000)