- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 6 - 9
- Height: 18 - 36 inches
- Bloom Season: Early to mid summer
- Bloom Color: White
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Well-drained, sandy, pH 6.2 - 7.5
- Temperature: 65 - 70F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 30 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/16 inch
- Sowing Rate: 1 pound per 5,000 square feet
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Prairie Clover (Dalea Candida White) - Start Prairie Clover seeds for an attractive, versatile, native perennial. Prairie Clover plants have pale green foliage with leaves that can vary from 2 - 7 inches in length. Sprouting from this foliage are short spikes of white flowers which are 1 - 3 inches in height and approximately 3/4 inch in diameter. The small flowers form a wreath around the bottom of the spike, which moves upward as the season progresses making White Prairie Clover very unique and attractive. The Prairie Clover seeds are lightly scented and very attractive to bees. They bloom early to mid-summer and last nearly 30 days.
Because Dalea Candida White Prairie-Clover has an extensive root system, it is not only drought tolerant, but it also is useful for erosion control on slopes, and it works well in naturalized landscapes. White Prairie Clover can have a taproot that extends up to five feet in the ground making it very drought tolerant. As a clover, and a legume, it is tolerant of poor soils and will improve the soil by fixating nitrogen. In addition, White Prairie Clover is palatable and high in protein and is readily consumed by deer and livestock.
Prairie Clover seeds are easy to grow and establish. The recommended sowing method is to sow the white Prairie Clover seed directly outdoors in the late fall. Prepare a clean weed-free seed bed. Sow the flower seed and lightly cover 1/16 inch. The Prairie Clover seeds will lie dormant through the winter, and will begin to germinate in the spring when temperatures warm. If rainfall is inadequate, water regularly until the Prairie Clover plants are well-established.