Dalea pinnata

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Summer Farewell

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1.5-3 ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,lavender
Fruit Color:Black,NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden where it is very showy in late summer/early fall.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Some birds and small mammals consume consume the seeds (https://flawildflowers.org/). 


Larval host for southern dogface (Zerene cesonia).

Attracts insects, especially bees.

Native Habitats:Dry flatwoods, sandhill, scrub. This species can be seen at the Starkey Wilderness Preserve in Pasco County.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Three species occur in Florida. Please plant your local variety.