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Dalea

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs

Extremely useful and attractive desert shrubs from the southwestern states and northern Mexico. All have finely divided foliage and clusters of small sweet pea-shaped flowers. The taller shrub types should be cut back by half during their first 3 or 4 years to encourage dense growth. Overwatering or summer drought can result in partial leaf drop.

Dalea frutescens

Mounded growth to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. across, with silvery green, lacy foliage. Purple flower clusters appear from fall to spring.

Dalea greggii
Dalea greggii

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Dalea greggii

Has mounding habit to 1 1/2 ft. high and 6 ft. wide. Pearl gray foliage and clusters of lavender to purple flowers in spring and early summer. Good desert ground cover.

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