Balli Prostrate Bundleflower is a native, warm season, perennial legume that grows 1-3’ tall. Prostrate bundleflower is common on clay and other fine textured soils in the southern third of Texas. It is excellent forage for livestock and wildlife, and the seeds are eaten by quail, doves, and turkeys. The small white flowers are a desirable attractant for pollinators. Balli is a common component of wildlife and range seed mixes, wildlife food plot mixes, and because of its low, sprawling growth habitat, it is a good choice for right-of-way and reclamation seeding as well. This species is also useful in efforts to diversify stands of introduced grasses in South Texas as it is extremely competitive with both buffelgrass and Old World bluestems.
Balli Germplasm was developed and released by the South Texas Natives project in conjunction with the USDA NRCS Kingsville Plant Materials Center and Texas AgriLife Research, from wild plants collected in Hidalgo County, Texas. In comparison to other available native bundleflowers, prostrate bundleflower is the best adapted species for most of South Texas. It does not reach the extreme heights commonly observed in other introduced bundleflower cultivars, or produce woody stems. It has high potential for use in perennial wildlife food plots for deer and livestock.
Planting: Plant in early spring or late summer-early fall at a rate of 2-3 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep
Soil: Various soils in prairies, openings, and waste sites.
Height: Up to 2.5 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Rio Grande Plain, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Sand Sheet
For more information: Balli Prostrate Bundleflower Brochure from USDA NRCS