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ILLINOIS BUNDLEFLOWER

#1321 | Desmanthus illinoensis

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ILLINOIS BUNDLEFLOWER

#1321 | Desmanthus illinoensis

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Summary

Illinois bundleflower is a native warm-season, perennial leguminous forb adapted to the central and eastern regions of the United States extending from Mexico into Canada. Illinois bundleflower is found in prairie remnants, sloughs, woodland edges, or disturbed areas. It does best on medium textured soils but will grow on a wide range of soils with an annual rainfall range of 16 to 32 inches. The seeds are readily consumed by upland game birds and the plant is highly palatable livestock and deer. Illinois bundleflower is an attractive plant in the landscape because of its unique fern appearance and the closing and opening of the leaves in response to sunlight and heat.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
3 - Southern Mountain, 4 - Mountain, 5 - Midwest, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 8 - Appalacia, 9 - Southeast, 10 - South Florida, 11 - South Texas, 12 - Southwest
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Temperature Zone
Warm, Cool, Transitional

Plant Characteristics

Height
18" - 48"
Bloom Period
Late-Spring
Bloom Color
White
Bloom Description

White globe shaped flowers.

Leaf Color
Green
Leaf Description

Fern-like leaves.

Growing Cycle
Perennial
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Fall - Spring
Plant Depth
0.5"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
65° F
Establishment
Easy

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
85,000
Kingdom
Plantae
Subkingdom
Tracheobionta
Super Division
Spermatophyta
Division
Magnoliophyta
Class
Magnoliopsida
Subclass
Rosidae
Order
Fabales
Family
Fabaceae
Genus
Desmanthus
Species
Desmanthus illinoensis

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 4 oz/1000 or 10 lbs/acre

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Landscaping

Attractive in mass plantings as well as in species mixes.

Forage & Grazing

Highly palatable and nutritious legume.

Pollinator Beneficial Plants

Notes

*Special considerations for spring planting: seed germination can be improved with mechanical scarification. Seed needs to be inoculated with Rhizobium for nitrogen fixation to occur. Germination of scarified seed generally occurs within 2 weeks after planting provided adequate soil moisture and temperature conditions are met.

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