Black Dalea

Black DaleaBlack Prairie Clover

Dalea frutescens Gray

Whole plant

Family : Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Warm

Black Dalea is a low, spreading shrub which grows up to 3 feet tall. It grows on calcareous soils of the Hill Country and South Texas Plains. The violet flowers are borne on spikes that are 1/3 to 1/2 inch long and bloom between September and October. The leaves are divided into thirteen to seventeen leaflets, each 1/12 to 1/4 inches long. Black Dalea tends to be drought resistant and is sometimes browsed by livestock.

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