|Photographed 17 July 2014, prairie remnant along the Cinder Path east of Derby, Iowa.|
Dalea candida. Native to Lucas County's upland prairies, although rarer than its sister, Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea); grows 1 to 2 1/2 feet tall, unbranched or sparsely branched in upper half; flower spike is 1-3 inches tall with small flowers that open in wreath formation around blossom cone, starting at the bottom. Blooms early to mid-summer; central taproot up to 5 feet deep.
Prefers full sun and mesic to dry condition and seems to be relatively rare in Lucas County.