Desmanthus illinoensis

Common name: Illinois Bundleflower

Native plant

Looking for an interesting plant that flowers lovely all summer and has a seed pod that looks like a bundle of clams with pearls? How about one that can fold its leaves up if it gets too hot or if you touch too roughly? If any of this sounds up your alley, then this one is for you. In nature, it prefers moist to drained prairies and savannas with sun, but takes to good garden soil like a fish to water. Usually grows to 36 inches but will get bigger and wider if given the space. The leaves are fern(ish) in appearance, so in sunnier spots you can get a woodland kind of look. A truely unique plant. 


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Floodplain, Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Shrubby/Clump

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Nitrogen fixer Rain garden suited

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