Dalea ornata (Western prairie clover)

Also called Blue Mountain prairie clover. Native, non-toxic perennial legume with light pink to purple flowers, blooming May to July. Occurs on soft clay and sandy soils of sagebrush steppe communities; up to 8,000 ft. elevation. Taprooted. Highly palatable to herbivores and many types of wildlife. Intolerant of overgrazing. Primarily insect pollinated, attracts both native and managed bees. Use for habitat restoration, beautification and roadsides. Similar to Searles’ prairie clover (D. searlsiae). Varieties listed below.


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Family: Fabaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Multiple stem

Mature Height: 12-24 in.

Bloom Color: Pink/purple

Bloom Period: May-July

Annual Precipitation:  in.

Drought Tolerance:

Shade Tolerance:

Elevation: 3,000-8,000

Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance:

Fire Tolerance:

Nitrogen fixation: Yes


Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance:

CaCO3 Tolerance:

pH Range:


Seeds per Pound:

Seeding Rate: 4-5 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


Aridlands - Source Identified selection from Wheeler County, OR averaging 11-14 in. annual precipitation.

Majestic - Represents the genetic diversity from the western Columbia Plateau and western Blue Mountain ecoregions. (Released 2011)

Spectrum - Represents the genetic diversity from the central and eastern Columbia Plateau, central and eastern Blue Mountains, Northern Basin and Range, and Snake River Plain ecoregions. (Released 2011)