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Silky Prairie Clover
Dalea villosa

Uncommon in the wild, Silky Prairie Clover grows in clumps with leaves that are smaller and more numerous than Purple Prairie Clover. Blooming in July and August, it thrives in partial to full sun and dry soil.

USDA symbol: DAVI

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 2 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorPurple
Silky Prairie Clover (Silky Prairie Clover<div><em class="small">Dalea villosa</em></div>)
Photo credit: National Park Service (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceUnknown
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsJuly to August
Larval Host ofBees
Specific Pollinators HostedNumerous bee species
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBee Lawn
Coefficient of Conservatism9
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Chisago, Clay, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Kittson, Morrison, Norman, Polk, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands