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Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower and flower buds, gray cone shaped flower bud popping with wispy purple flowers on a light green stem
Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower and flower buds, gray cone shaped flower bud popping with wispy purple flowers
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Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover
Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover
Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover
Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover
Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower and flower buds, gray cone shaped flower bud popping with wispy purple flowers, centered around pictures of birds
Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower and flower buds, gray cone shaped flower bud popping with wispy purple flowers on light green stems
Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower and flower buds, gray cone shaped flower bud popping with wispy purple flowers on a light green stem
Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower and flower buds, gray cone shaped flower bud popping with wispy purple flowers
Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower and flower buds, gray cone shaped flower bud popping with wispy purple flowers on with short narrow green leaves
Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower bud, gray cone shaped flower bud on a reddish green stem
Close up of Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover flower bud, gray cone shaped flower bud on a reddish green stem
American counties where Audubon Native Purple Prairie Clover is native to
Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover
Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover
Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover
Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover

THIMBLE SHAPED BRIGHT PURPLE FLOWERS ON THIS DELIGHTFUL NATIVE CLOVER

FEATURES:

  • Sweet lavender blooms appear in mid-summer, lasting until early fall
  • Delicate, blue-green foliage cover the thick stems
  • Host plant for the Dogface Butterfly larvae
  • Pollinator friendly, drought tolerant and deer resistant
  • Ideally planted in rock, perennial or pollinator gardens but is being increasingly used in naturalized prairie locations
  • May Benefit & Attract: Cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
  • Mature Height: 1-2' tall
  • Mature Width: 1' wide
  • Exposure: Full/Partial Sun
  • Spacing: 1' apart

Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover

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THIMBLE SHAPED BRIGHT PURPLE FLOWERS ON THIS DELIGHTFUL NATIVE CLOVER

FEATURES:

  • Sweet lavender blooms appear in mid-summer, lasting until early fall
  • Delicate, blue-green foliage cover the thick stems
  • Host plant for the Dogface Butterfly larvae
  • Pollinator friendly, drought tolerant and deer resistant
  • Ideally planted in rock, perennial or pollinator gardens but is being increasingly used in naturalized prairie locations
  • May Benefit & Attract: Cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
  • Mature Height: 1-2' tall
  • Mature Width: 1' wide
  • Exposure: Full/Partial Sun
  • Spacing: 1' apart

Why plant Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover?

Cute and charismatic! Purple Prairie Clover (say that five times fast) is a perky native Spirit that will win you over with its offbeat good looks. It turns on the charm in early summer, when the purple-pink flowers rise up from the finely dissected foliage. The bloom buds are held in long gray cones, and the tiny florets open in a ring, progressing from the bottom to the top. Native bees of all types come to gather Purple Prairie Clover’s golden-orange pollen, and small butterflies come to sip its nectar. Later, songbirds arrive for the seed. A fun plant for meadows and mixed borders.

Purple Prairie Clover is a denizen of the Great Plains and prairie states, where the land has not been developed or overgrazed. It’s a sun-loving species that’s well adapted to fire. When fire strikes, it clears away trees and shrubs that would otherwise begin to shade out Purple Prairie Clover, and the plant survives the onslaught by virtue of its deep (to six feet) taproot. In the wild, its high-protein foliage is choice fodder for pronghorn antelope, and its flowers are vital to a few species of specialist bees that rely on its pollen.

How to use Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover in the landscape?

One interesting insect that uses Purple Prairie Clover as a host plant is the Southern Dogface butterfly. This sweet yellow and black butterfly gets it name from the pattern on the upper side of its wings, which looks like a dog’s head in profile.

Audubon® Native Plants & Trees

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

How To Plant Audubon® Native Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover likes deep, well-drained soil in full sun. The site doesn’t have to be particularly fertile, because this plant is a nitrogen-fixer. That means it can nourish itself with nitrogen it pulls from the air. You’ll want to water it regularly during the first summer it’s in the ground; eventually, it will be very drought tolerant. Due to its long taproot, Purple Prairie Clover may take a long time to bulk up and flower profusely. It puts its energy into below-ground growth before the top takes off. Have patience!

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Each fall, just before winter sets in clean up the previous years foliage and compost it. Be sure your perennials are mulched well for winter protection. Two inches of an organic mulch will do the job. Consider leaving the plant debris in place through the winter and doing your clean up on the weather warms in the spring. While it doesn't make things neat and tidy, the debris provides overwintering protection for insects, their eggs and pupae including our native Viceroy butterfly.

How Does Shipping Work?

Size Small, Medium, and Large plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 7-12 business days.


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