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Dalea frutescens     
Black dalea   
Fabaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: round shrub
Seasonality: deciduous
Size: 3-4ft with equal spread
Leaves: pinnately compound, dark green with fine texture
Flowers: bright lavender clusters 2/4in long on branch terminals, bloom from August-November
Fruit: not significant
close-up of leaf
leaf detail on Dalea frutescens
Stems/Trunks: woody shrub
Range/Origin: W. Texas and New Mexico
Hardiness: to 15°




black dalea black dalea
two examples of Dalea frutescens

aka Sierra Negra
flowers brighter than Dalea greggii
greener than D. greggii

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