Purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea)

Purple prairie clover photograph

Perennial legume with slender stems, 1 to 3 feet tall, rising from a woody crown. Flowers July-September. Flower heads dense, cylindrical, made up of numerous magenta flowers, each flower with 5 protruding orange stamens. Flowers bloom from bottom of spike to top. Leaves alternate, compound, with 3 to 9 very narrow leaflets. Dry to mesic prairies. Intolerant of grazing. Used by American Indians for food, tea, and medicine.