Illinois Bundleflower

(Desmanthus Illinois)

Illinois Bundleflower

Sabine Illinois bundleflower is an upright, branching, perennial, native warm-season legume. Plants occur singularly or in small colonies. Lower stems of the plant are woody. The leaves are feathery, dark-green in appearance. Plants on average will grow approximately 3 to 4 feet in height. The seed pods are curved and arranged in round tight bundles. Flowers are globular, puffy, and white.

Sabine has both good winter hardiness and drought resistance making it adaptable from the Western Great Plains to the East Coast. Sabine will grow on a wide range of soil types, from clays to sandy loams. Sabine will perform best in moist depressions or where plants can receive an occasional overflow of water. Sabine is best suited to areas receiving 15 inches or more annual rainfall.

Sabine Illinois bundleflower is best used as a component in range and pasture seedings, providing a legume for nitrogen assimilation. Sabine is used for wildlife food and cover planting, revegetation plantings on mined land and critical area plantings.

Establish with range seeding mixtures at a rate of 1 – 2 pure live seed (PLS) pounds per acre. Broadcast or drill at 15.0 pounds per acre for pure stands. Seed should be drilled at a depth of 1/4 to 3/4 inch.

Illinois Bundleflower Seed Pod
Illinois Bundleflower Seed
Illinois Bundleflower Seed
Illinois Bundleflower
Illinois Bundleflower Seed Pods

General Characteristics

Plant Type:Forb/Legume
Life Span:Perennial
Growing Season:Warm Season
Plant Height:3-4 feet
Cold Tolerance:Good
Drought Tolerance:Good
Salt Tolerance:Poor
Soil Type:All Types
Minimum Rainfall:18 inches
Planting Rate:12-15 pls#
Planting Date:Feb. - June
Seed Type:Hard
Uses:Grazing, Wildlife Habitat, Erosion Control, Reclamation