Illinois Bundleflower
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ILLINOIS BUNDLEFLOWER

#1321 | Desmanthus illinoensis

Summary

Illinois Bundleflower, a native warm-season perennial leguminous forb, boasts a broad geographic range extending from Mexico into Canada, with a primary presence in the central and eastern regions of the United States. Thriving in a variety of habitats, from prairie remnants to woodland edges and disturbed areas, this versatile plant adds both beauty and ecological value to diverse landscapes.

Adapted to a wide range of soil types, Illinois Bundleflower demonstrates its resilience by flourishing on medium-textured soils while also tolerating a spectrum of soil conditions. With an annual rainfall requirement ranging from 16 to 32 inches, it showcases its adaptability to varying moisture levels, making it a reliable choice for gardens and restoration projects alike.

Illinois Bundleflower serves as a vital food source for wildlife, with its seeds eagerly consumed by upland game birds and its foliage prized by livestock and deer. Its palatability and nutritional value make it a valuable component of wildlife habitats, contributing to the health and diversity of ecosystems.

Beyond its ecological contributions, Illinois Bundleflower adds aesthetic appeal to the landscape with its distinctive fern-like appearance. The plant’s unique trait of leaf movement, closing and opening in response to sunlight and heat, adds an intriguing element to garden settings, captivating observers with its dynamic presence.

In summary, Illinois Bundleflower stands as a testament to the resilience and beauty of native flora, offering ecological benefits, wildlife value, and ornamental appeal. As a versatile and adaptable species, it continues to play a vital role in supporting biodiversity and enriching landscapes across its vast range.

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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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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