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Dalea candida oligophylla - (Torr.)Shinn.
                 
Common Name White Prairie Clover
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry desert and alluvial soils to 2000 metres[43, 200]. Prairies and open wods on sandy, clayey and rocky soils[274].
Range Central N. America - southwards from Canada.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Dalea candida oligophylla White Prairie Clover


Dalea candida oligophylla White Prairie Clover
   
Physical Characteristics
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Dalea candida oligophylla is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in). It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms
Petalostemon oligophyllum. (Torr.)Rydb.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Root - raw or chewed for its pleasant sweet flavour[46, 105, 161]. The root can be dried, ground into a powder and stored for later use[257]. Leaves - cooked[61]. The peeled stems have been used as a food[257]. A tea-like beverage is made from the dried leaves[105].
Medicinal Uses


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Emetic;  Poultice.

The plant is a strong emetic[216]. A poultice of the plant has been used to treat wounds[257].
Other Uses
Broom;  Hair.

An infusion of the roots has been used as a hair wash to prevent the hair from falling out[257]. The plant has been used for making light brooms[257].
Cultivation details
Requires a well-drained soil in full sun[200]. A deep-rooted plant, it prefers a sandy loam with added leaf mould[1]. This species is well-suited to informal and naturalistic plantings, especially as part of a collection of native species[200]. We are not sure how hardy this plant is in Britain, but judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. Plants are monocarpic, living for a number of years without flowering and then dying after flowering[200]. The stems, leaves and flowers are dotted with glands, making the plant look blistered[200]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
Propagation
Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and sow in early spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer[200].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Dalea candidaWhite Prairie Clover31
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Dalea purpureaPurple Prairie Clover21
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