Short Description: Purple Prairie Clover, is a native, warm season perennial legume, adapted to slopes along prairies, hillsides, and plains. It is widely distributed throughout central, west, and south Texas. It occurs mostly on sandy, sandy loam, and other moderately drained soils. Young foliage provides high crude protein foliage for livestock and wildlife. The seed is consumed by birds and small mammals. Purple prairie clover also attracts a wide variety of pollinator species including Southern Dogface butterflies and bees. Purple prairie clover blooms from June through September with mature seed produced from mid-July to October. Good forage for sheep, goats, and wildlife. Attracts pollinating insects. Useful in erosion control.

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Cuero Purple Prairie Clover, is a native, warm season perennial legume that grows 1-3’ tall with showy purple flowers. It is well adapted to well drained soils on slopes, along prairies, hillsides, and plains in south, central, and west Texas. Purple prairie clover is high protein native forage for livestock and wildlife.   It is used in range and wildlife habitat plantings, for erosion control, perennial food plots for wildlife, in wildflower mixes, and in pollinator habitat plantings.

Cuero Purple Prairie Clover was originally collected near the town of Cuero in DeWitt County, of southeast Texas. It was released by the USDA NRCS Knox City Plant Materials Center in 2003.  Prairie clover attracts a wide array of pollinators, but can be difficult to establish in areas with high deer density.  It is generally used as a component of native seed mixes containing a variety of other forbs, legumes, and grasses.

Planting: Inoculate with type M inoculant and plant in the spring at a rate of 3-5 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.

Soil: Sandy and sandy loama

Height: Up to 2.5 feet

Type: Cool/Warm Season Perennial

Region: South Texas, Central Texas

For more information: Cuero Purple Prairie Clover Brochure by USDA NRCS.