Dalea villosa (Petalostemum villosum)
Image by Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
These plants may be limited in quantity. Please inquire!
Soil: Xeric (Dry)
Flowers: The flowers grow in 1″-3″ long cylindrical spikes. They bloom in a ring around the spike. The individual flowers are 1/6″ long with one main heart-shaped petal and 4 narrow petal-like structures.
Leaves: The 1 1/2″ alternate silky leaves has 5-9 linear leaflets.
This plant is very similar to the Purple Prairie Clover, Dalea purpurea, except that the foliage is covered with soft white hairs, giving it a silvery look. This plant is a true beauty! Excellent plant for sandy soils and rock gardens. Attractive to bees and butterflies!
Other Uses: It moves nitrogen from the air into the ground, which improves the soil.