Purple Prairie Clover

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY-NC

Purple Prairie Clover is 1-3 ft tall with a cluster of stems bearing cylindrical flower heads (1.5-2.5 in long). Despite its name, it isn't a true clover. The first purple flowers appear at the base of the flower head and then progress upwards. The leaves are 2-5 in long and made up of 3-7 very narrow leaflets.

Purple Prairie Clover flowers from June to August and can be found across the Canadian prairies and the midwestern United States.

Did you know? Purple Prairie Clover is edible and high in protein and appreciated by many small animals. Small rodents may help distribute the seeds by carrying them to their dens.

See Also: Beargrass, Blazing Star, Camas, False Solomon's Seal, Fireweed, Goldenrod, Red Paintbrush