The purple prairie clover is a native perennial wildflower with attractive clusters of purple flowers. It occurs in glades, rocky open woods and prairies. Typically grows 1-3' tall. Features tiny purple flowers in dense, cone-like heads (to 2" long) atop erect, wiry stems in summer. Compound, odd-pinnate leaves, with 3-5 narrow linear leaflets. A nitrogen-fixing plant that is an important component of Midwestern prairie restorations. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Thick and deep taproot enables this plant to tolerate drought well. Rock gardens, borders, native plant gardens, wild gardens, prairie or naturalized areas. Hardy in zones 3-8.
Growing Instructions for the Purple Prairie Clover
- Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 2. Put the seeds on the soil. 3. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 4. Water the seeds. 5. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. The seeds germinate in 10-12 days. 6. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.