Sabine Illinois Bundleflower is a native, warm season perennial legume that grows 3-5’ in height with cream colored blossoms. Illinois bundleflower is a highly regarded native legume used in restoration and reclamation efforts throughout the state except for South and West Texas where it is poorly adapted. It provides excellent forage for cattle and deer, and produces copious amounts of seed consumed by quail, turkeys, and other wildlife. It is a common component of seed mixes for range and wildlife habitat restoration, perennial wildlife food plots, prairie, riparian, and right-of-way restoration seed mixes.
Sabine Illinois bundleflower was originally collected from a native stand near Crystal Beach in Galveston County, Texas. It was developed for release by the USDA NRCS Knox City Plant Materials Center. Illinois bundleflower can be slow to establish from seed, but once growing it is extremely hardy and prolific.
Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 3-4 pure live seed (PLS) per acre at 1/4 to 3/4 inch deep.
Soil: Soils other than clay and course sands
Height: 3-4 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: Statewide except Rio Grande Plains and Timberlands
For more information: Sabine Illinois Bundleflower Brochure from USDA NRCS