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SKU P26197S

Butterfly, Native Bees, Pollinator, U.S. Native, Wildlife-(Desmanthus illinoensis) 

This cream colored native perennial is common throughout the tallgrass prairie and great plains. It is also know as Prairie Mimosa or False Sensitive Plant. Suitable for wildlife and pollinator plantings as well as wildflower seed mixtures. Host plant for the Reakirt's Blue Butterfly. APPROX 4,187 SEEDS PER OZ

Illinois Bundleflower (Desmanthus Illinoensis) - Here is an interesting flower that you can grow from Illinois Bundleflower seed. It is actually considered to be a legume so it fixates nitrogen and improves the soil. It is a deep-rooted perennial that is a native throughout the plains and prairies of the United States. Illinois Bundleflower plants grow 24 - 48 inches tall, has attractive, fern-like foliage and the flowers are round, puffy and white. It late summer, brown bundles of seed pods, 20 - 30, curve around each other to form a cluster or a bundle. Illinois Bundleflower seed pods are easy to identify and add interest to a landscape.

Sow Illinois Bundleflower seeds directly outdoors. In prepared soil, sow flower seed and rake loose dirt over. Keep the flower seeds moist until germination. Illinois Bundleflower plants will drop their own flower seeds.

  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 21 days
  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 9
  • Height: 24 - 48 inches
  • Bloom Season: Summer
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Environment: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, sandy, pH 6.6 - 7.3
  • Foliage Color: Dark green

Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Sowing Rate: 1/2 pound per 1,000 square feet
Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 12 - 24 inches

Harvesting: This sensitive plant quickly wilts when touched, and is best displayed in the garden or prairie rather than as a cut flower.

Seed Saving: After flowering, this plant will produce unique round clusters of twisted seed pods. When ripe, the dark brown pods will split and reveal the mature reddish brown seeds. Shake the heads over a container to remove the seeds. Store the cleaned seeds in a cool, dry place.

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