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White Prairie Clover

Dalea candidum

White flowers, larger leaves, and taller plants distinguish this from purple prairie clover



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Dalea candida, commonly called white prairie clover, is a Missouri native perennial legume. It typically occurs in glades, rocky open woods and prairies. Historically, people of the First Nations used the roots for food and the leaves for teas.

Wildlife notes

The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract bumblebees, Halictid bees (including green metallic bees), plasterer bees, Sphecid wasps, Tiphiid wasps, Syrphid flies, thick-headed flies, and small butterflies. Other insects feed on the seeds, foliage, and other parts of this plant.  This plant is palatable and high in protein; therefore, it is readily consumed by mammalian herbivores of all kinds, including rabbits, groundhogs, and deer. This can cause difficulties in establishing this plant in some areas. It is possible that small rodents may carry the seeds to their dens. Because of their high mortality rate, some of the seeds will remain uneaten, and thus are dispersed by these rodents.

Forage notes

White prairie clover is very palatable to livestock and is high in protein.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Thick and deep taproot enables this plant to tolerate drought well. May be easily grown from seed and will self-seed in optimum growing conditions. Atrracts butterflies.  Rock gardens, border fronts, native plant gardens, wild gardens, prairies or naturalized areas.  This plant is slow to develop, but otherwise easy.

Restoration notes

Habitats include mesic to dry black soil prairies, sand prairies, savannas, openings in upland forests, and limestone glades. It is rarely observed in highly disturbed areas. Recovery from occasional fire is good.

This species is commonly used in the following mixes: Dry’n Rocky Mix 

Videos About This Plant

To learn more about this plant, check out our videos about it and its uses.

Dry’n Rocky Mix video

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

7 bulk lbs/acre





Bloom Month

Jun, Jul



Specialty Uses

Landscaping, Cut Flower, Edible, Medicinal, Tea

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.