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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Petalostemum Purpureum / Family: Fabaceae
Purple Prairie Clover, Swink/Wilhelm # 9

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FLOWERING: Early July to early August

SEED TIMING: September

HABITAT: Dry to mesic prairie

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1 - 3 feet high. Many stems grow from a single base. Leaves are divided into 3 - 5 narrow leaflets which may be sparingly hairy. Flowers are pinkish-purple on elongated spikes; blooming from bottom of spike upwards.

TO PICK: Ripe seed heads turn gray-black and are crumbly. The stem turns brown. Pick the entire head. 


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