White Prairie Clover
Dalea candida oligophylla
Herb: White Prairie Clover
Latin name: Dalea candida oligophylla
Synonyms: Petalostemon oligophyllum
Medicinal use of White Prairie Clover:The plant is a strong emetic. A poultice of the plant has been used to treat wounds.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry desert and alluvial soils to 2000 metres. Prairies and open wods on sandy, clayey and rocky soils.
Edible parts of White Prairie Clover:Root - raw or chewed for its pleasant sweet flavour. The root can be dried, ground into a powder and stored for later use. Leaves - cooked. The peeled stems have been used as a food. A tea-like beverage is made from the dried leaves.
Other uses of the herb:An infusion of the roots has been used as a hair wash to prevent the hair from falling out. The plant has been used for making light brooms.
Propagation of White Prairie Clover:Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and sow in early spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Dry desert and alluvial soils to 2000 metres. Prairies and open wods on sandy, clayey and rocky soils.
Known hazards of Dalea candida oligophylla:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.