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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Petalostemum Candidum / Family: Fabaceae
White Prairie Clover, Swink/Wilhelm # 9

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FLOWERING: July to mid-August

SEED TIMING: September

HABITAT: Dry-mesic, well-drained prairies.

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1 - 2 feet. Few to several smooth upright stems arising from a taproot. Alternate leaves have 5 - 9 linear-oblong dotted leaflets. The leaflets are broader than those of P. purpureum. Terminal inflorescence consists of 1 to a few spikes of crowded, small white flowers. Flowers form from bottom of spike upwards.

TO PICK: Seed spike turns brownish and seeds come off very easily when ripe. Pick entire head.


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