Dalea frutescens
Black Dalea

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Black Dalea
Dalea frutescens

This is an amazing groundcover for dry, arid sites. The foliage is fine textured so it makes a nice contrast to yucca and cacti. It flowers in the fall with small purple blossoms. Attracts butterflies and quail to the garden. Attractive, easy to grow and very low maintenance. 

Larval food source for Dogface Butterflies
Provides cover and attracts quail to the garden
Important nectar source for native insects
Sumer to fall bloom is striking
Leaves give off a citrus fragrance when crushed
Very drought tolerant

Native Range

Native Habitat: Dry, scrubby, limestone hills Rocky limestone hillsides in the throughout the Chihuahuan Desert. An ideal xeriscape landscape plant in Arizona. It grows in disturbed soil, roadways, sandy or gravelly areas

Interesting Facts

You can never tell what will lead to a common name for an animal or insect! For example, when the wings of the Dogface Butterfly are open you can see a black outline that somewhat resembles a dog's head thus giving this prized native its name.


Combines well with prickly pear and grasses. Fast growing shrub for a dry garden, requires little or no maintenance and is drought tolerant once established. Too much water or fertilization promotes weak growth. 

Mature Size: 3-4ft. Tall x 4-5ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 8-13

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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