Synonyms: Dalea purpurea A perennial, legume with pinnately compound leaves, flowers in dense spikes, rose to dark purple. Has a stout taproot. Blooms from July to early August. Found across Indiana to Saskatchewan, south to Texas, Colorado and New Mexico; rocky plains and hillsides, open wooded areas, stream valleys and roadsides. Best in full sun, dry to mesic well-drained soils; palatable to wildlife.