Balli Prostrate Bundleflower

Balli Prostrate Bundleflower is a multi-use perennial legume originating from Hidalgo County, Texas. It is a low growing, native warm season perennial  with stems 75 cm or longer. It produces small white flowers during the summer and seed ripens at the beginning of July in South Texas. The fruits are legume pods 2.2-8.8 cm long, which split open when ripe, and contain 9-27 seeds per pod.

Prostrate Bundleflower is recommended for upland wildlife plantings, critical site revegetation, roadside plantings, and for inclusion in range seeding mixes. Prostrate Bundleflower provides forage and seeds used by bobwhite quail, Rio Grande turkey, white-tailed deer, and livestock.

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Our Texas Natives are certified “Selected Texas Native Germplasm” by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Each variety is of a specific ecotype of its species that was locally sourced from counties in Texas.

Description

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

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Legume

Flower Color

White

Height

<1'

Wildlife

Deer, Doves, Quail