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Black dalea

Dalea frutescens

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This low, mounding, Southwest native shrub up to 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide has feathery foliage that contributes fine texture to a garden. While evergreen in milder climates, in temperate climates it is deciduous. Its small, pealike purple flowers appear in late summer and continue into fall.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSuitable for a desert landscape

CareBlack dalea prefers lean soil and full sun. It is drought tolerant. Rejuvenate with heavy pruning in winter.

Propagation Propagate by seed either in situ or in pots.


  • Genus : Dalea
  • Zones : 10, 9
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Shrubs

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