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Globe-headed Prairie Clover Dalea feayi


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Globe-headed Prairie Clover
credit: Bob Peterson/CCSA

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Alternate name: Feay's Prairie Clover

Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family

Description This shrubby plant with very thin or needle-like leaflets bears abundant round pink or purple flowerheads.
Habit: native perennial subshrub or herb; erect, rounded, well-branched.
Height: 18-36 in (35-90 cm).
Leaf: alternate, oddly pinnate; 5-9 leaflets, narrowly linear.
Flower: very small, pink-purple to pale pink to white star; in spherical cluster, 1.5 in (4 cm) diameter.

Flower April to September.

Habitat Well-drained sandy sites: sandhills, scrub, flatwoods; also cultivated as an ornamental.

Range Native to Florida and Georgia.

Discussion Also called Feay's prairie clover, sandhill prairie clover, Feayi pink-tassels. The genus name Dalea honors English apothecary Samuel Dale (1659-1739).