Dalea Purpurea Purple
Purple Prairie Clover Wildflower plants are native to the north central region of the United States. Purple Clover are perfect for meadows, naturalized areas such as hill sides, slopes and along highways. A unique perennial that has purple-lavender flowers on shte spikes which are covered with bees as they love the clover blooms. The flowers will bloom from the bottom of the spike first then bloom upwards toward the top. It is high in protein for any livestock and has an extensive root system which makes it drought tolerant. Prairie Clover seeds are easy to grow. The sowing method is to sow the Dalea Purpurea seed directly outdoors in the late fall. Prepare a clean weed-free seed bed. Sow the flower seed and lightly cover 1/16 inch. The Purple Prairie Clover Wildflower r seeds will lie dormant through the winter, and will begin to germinate in the spring when temperatures warm. If rainfall is inadequate, water regularly until the Purple Prairie Clover plants are well-established. Height 24-30 inches, likes full sun and well drained sandy soil. Germination temperature is 65-70F with a time of germination of 14-30 days. Kepp seeds moist until germination takes place. Zones 6-9.
Tips On When And Where To Plant Wildflower Seeds
First, find out what your gardening zone is. Take a look at our zoning information. Don't plant wildflowers when frost is still a danger in the early months of the year, or when frost is about to set in near year's end. In most regions, the optimal planting time for wildflowers begins as soon as all danger of frost has past and warmer days are ahead.
Do you live in California, Florida or southern Texas? Times of frost are minimal in your area, and you can plant wildflowers in all but the coldest weeks of the year, or the very hottest part of summer. In California, most gardeners plant their wildflower seed in the early winter, so that it is sitting there ready for the first rains to wake it up! In Florida, however, fall is a better time to plant wildflower seeds.
Are you in a rainy corner of the country? Plant before your local rainy season begins, ensuring that your wildflowers will have plenty of time to germinate and establish themselves before summer heat hits in.
In many parts of the country, both annual and perennial wildflower seeds will become permanent parts of the garden, growing either via reseeding or by living on from year to year on their own roots.
If you aren't sure about your zone or optimal wildflower planting time, you can contact your local Ag Department.
How To Plant Your Wildflower Seeds
Don't rake or cover your wildflower seeds with dirt. Instead, after you've finished scattering the wildflower seed, simply walk over the area in your shoes - or barefoot if you're a nature-loving guy or gal! This will gently compress the seeds into the soil without burying them.
If you're expecting rain within a week or so of sowing your wildflower seed, there is no need to water. But, if you live in a dry area or can't count on rain, mist the wildflower seed growing area with a hose or gentle sprinkler. Keep the seed bed moist until the little plants are established or rain is falling on its own without help from your garden hose! Germination times are unique to each variety with some appearing in as little as a week and others taking many weeks to germinate. Be patient - each variety will start growing at the time that is right for it.Each fall, you will need to do an annual mowing of your wildflower garden. Set your mower to high and go over the entire area. And that's all you need to do. Unlike other types of gardening where you are buying starts or established plants and putting them in specific places, wildflower gardening comes with a built-in element of adventure. You will sow your seeds just where you want them this year, but Mother Nature may give you some surprises next year when she resows the seeds and comes up with a whole new work of living art for your enjoyment!