Abundant in wildlife value, Dalea candida provides a source of food for many mammals as well as pollinators. The nectar attracts bumblebees, an assortment wasps, green metallic bees, and small butterflies. The larvae of both Dogface Sulphur and Reakirt’s Blue butterflies feed on this plant as well. High in protein, and easily palatable (sweet taste) White Prairie Clover is consumed by rabbits, groundhogs, deer and livestock. It plays an important role in native grasslands, where gophers utilize the taproot the extends up to 5′ into the ground. Part of the legume family, it is also browsed heavily by antelope, and birds and rodents eat the seed.
This plants ability to fix nitrogen proves its vital role in restoration areas. Repopulating native grasslands with White Prairie Clover will assist greatly in it’s important ecological role with both soil and animals.