Legume Family (Fabaceae : Dalea)
Latin Name: Dalea purpurea
Value: Wildlife – good
Livestock – good
Growth 1 to 3 feet tall, flowers June to August. New growth of this native legume has high protein content and is nutritious for wildlife and livestock; it is readily consumed and will decrease with overgrazing. The Comanche and Ponca chewed the roots for their sweet taste; the Pawnee made brooms from the tough mature stems. Adapted to rocky prairies, hillsides, plains, and roadsides.