Scientific Name: Dalea formosa Torr.

Classification: Plantae/ Tracheobionta / Spermatophyta / Magnoliophyta / Magnoliopsida / Rosidae / Fabales / Fabaceae / Leguminosae / Dalea L./ Dalea formosa Torr.

General Information
Usda SymbolDAFO
Life CyclePerennial
Growth HabitsShrubSubshrub,
Native LocationsDAFO

Plant Guide

Use a soil moisture meter to monitor the soil moisture where Featherplume is planted.

Plant Traits

Growth Requirements

Temperature, Minimum (°F)-13
Adapted to Coarse Textured SoilsYes
Adapted to Fine Textured SoilsNo
Adapted to Medium Textured SoilsYes
Anaerobic ToleranceNone
CaCO3 ToleranceMedium
Cold Stratification RequiredNo
Drought ToleranceHigh
Fertility RequirementLow
Fire ToleranceMedium
Frost Free Days, Minimum160
Hedge ToleranceNone
Moisture UseLow
pH, Maximum7.5
pH, Minimum5.5
Planting Density per Acre, Maxim1200
Planting Density per Acre, Minim700
Precipitation, Maximum20
Precipitation, Minimum12
Root Depth, Minimum (inches)16
Salinity ToleranceMedium
Shade ToleranceIntolerant


Resprout AbilityYes
Shape and OrientationSemi-Erect
Active Growth PeriodSpring, Summer, Fall
C:N RatioMedium
Coppice PotentialNo
Fall ConspicuousYes
Fire ResistantNo
Flower ColorPurple
Flower ConspicuousYes
Foliage ColorGray-Green
Foliage Porosity SummerDense
Foliage Porosity WinterModerate
Foliage TextureFine
Fruit/Seed ConspicuousNo
Nitrogen FixationMedium
Low Growing GrassNo
Leaf RetentionNo
Known AllelopathNo
Height, Mature (feet)3.0
Height at 20 Years, Maximum (fee3
Growth RateSlow
Growth FormMultiple Stem
Fruit/Seed ColorBrown


Vegetative Spread RateNone
Small GrainNo
Seedling VigorMedium
Seed Spread RateSlow
Fruit/Seed Period EndFall
Propagated by TubersNo
Propagated by SprigsNo
Propagated by SodNo
Propagated by SeedYes
Propagated by CuttingsNo
Propagated by ContainerYes
Propagated by BulbNo
Propagated by Bare RootYes
Fruit/Seed PersistenceYes
Fruit/Seed Period BeginSpring
Fruit/Seed AbundanceMedium
Commercial AvailabilityContracting Only
Bloom PeriodIndeterminate
Propagated by CormNo


Veneer ProductNo
Pulpwood ProductNo
Protein PotentialLow
Post ProductNo
Palatable HumanNo
Palatable Graze AnimalMedium
Palatable Browse AnimalMedium
Nursery Stock ProductNo
Naval Store ProductNo
Lumber ProductNo
Fodder ProductYes
Christmas Tree ProductNo
Berry/Nut/Seed ProductNo



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