Dalea pringlei – Pringle's Prairie Clover

Dalea pringlei - Pringle's Prairie Clover

Dalea pringlei - Pringle's Prairie Clover

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Dalea pringlei

Common Name: Pringle's Prairie Clover

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Subshrub, Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert. It grows on rocky slopes and in mountain foothill canyons.

Flower Color: Purple

Flowering Season: Spring, Summer, Fall (early)

Height: To 2 feet (61 cm) tall

Description: The tiny flowers are in slender, elongated, fuzzy, terminal flower spikes. The individual flowers have long, yellow-tipped stamens and hairy, brownish sepals. The leaves are green and pinnately compound with an odd number of tiny, oval leaflets.

Similar Dalea species have larger, more elongated leaflets and/or fatter flower spikes.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae – Pea family
Genus: Dalea L. – prairie clover
Species: Dalea pringlei A. Gray – Pringle's prairie clover

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map