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Illinois Bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) is a perennial wildflower native to the prairies and open woodlands of North America. This versatile plant thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soils, although it is adaptable to a variety of soil types, including dry, rocky, and sandy conditions.

Illinois Bundleflower grows to heights of about 2 to 3 feet, featuring finely divided, fern-like foliage that gives the plant a delicate, airy appearance. In summer, it produces small, spherical clusters of creamy white flowers, resembling pom-poms. These flowers are highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Following the blooms, the plant develops distinctive, curled seed pods that persist into the fall, providing visual interest and food for wildlife.

Ecologically, Illinois Bundleflower plays a significant role in native plant communities. It is a nitrogen-fixing legume, enriching the soil and supporting other plant species. The seeds and foliage provide food for various insects and birds, enhancing local biodiversity.

In landscaping, Illinois Bundleflower is ideal for prairie restorations, wildflower meadows, and native plant gardens. Its resilience, low maintenance requirements, and ability to attract pollinators make it a valuable addition to sustainable and eco-friendly garden designs.

Illinois Bundleflower - Desmanthus illinoensis

  • Zone: 5 - 8

    Spread: 2 - 3 ft.

    Height: 2 - 3 ft.

    Sun: Full sun

    Water: Dry to average

    Bloom Time: Early summer

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