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Gregg Dalea, Trailing Dalea
Dalea greggii

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Gregg dalea's low height and small, silvery, blue-green leaves make it an attractive, easily established, low-maintenance groundcover for dry and arid sites. It grows 6 to 12 inches high and roots at the nodes of long, trailing stems; it is especially useful for stabilizing slopes and rocky areas in poor soil. Like most daleas, Gregg dalea does not like fertilizer and overwatering, especially in winter, although in the hottest weather supplemental water will help keep the foliage full. Although it grows mainly in limestone in the Southern Trans-Pecos and into Mexico, it is adaptable to other soils, as long as they are well drained. In the late winter or early spring, cut off the stems of last season's growth; it will produce new growth in spring. It has purple pea-like flowers on short spikes which are not noticeable from a distance but are attractive up close.

Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: lavender to purple

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small indehiscent pod

Height: 6 inches to 1 foot

Width: to 4 feet

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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