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.