Sabine Illinois Bundleflower

The Sabine Illinois bundleflower was originally collected from a native stand near Crystal Beach in Galveston County, Texas. It is a high-protein legume suitable for consumption by all livestock, deer, pronghorn, and various birds and rodents. It is also a pollinator species for butterflies. The seed pods are grouped into round dark brown bundles. Can be susceptible to cotton root rot.

High protein forage for all livestock and multiple game species, mammals, and birds. Also a pollinator plant for butterflies.

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Description

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

Additional information

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Legume

Flower Color

White

Height

3-5'

Wildlife

Deer, Quail, Turkeys