Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Marina parryi, Parry's False Prairie-clover

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Scientific Name: Marina parryi
Common Name: Parry's False Prairie-clover
Also Called: Parry Dalea, Parry's Indigobush
Family: Fabaceae or Leguminosae Family
Synonyms: (Dalea parryi, Parosela parryi)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 2.5 feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb or subshrub; xerophytic stems erect or spreading, stems stiff, branching, woody.
Leaves: Green; pinnately compound, strigose, gland dotted, leaflets 13 to 33, (oval to round) oblong obovate to orbicular, not folded, petiolate.
Flower Color: Purple or deep blue, either bicolored with white; flowering inflorescence a raceme up to 4 inches or more long from axils, flowers small but showy; fruit is a legume with a single seed.
Flowering Season: March to June, blooms from February to June in California.
Elevation: 4,000 feet or lower, lower elevations (under 2,500 feet) in California.

Habitat Preferences: Common on low deserts in washes, stony slopes and roadsides.

Recorded Range: Relatively rare in the United States where Marina parryi is native to Arizona, California and Nevada. In Arizona it occurs in the central, southeast and western parts of the state; in California and Nevada it is found in the southeast parts of the states. It is also native along Baja California and northwest Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Marina parryi.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: 5 (4 native) species in the United States for Marina, 3 species in Arizona.

Comments: Common in low-desert washes in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Date Profile Completed: 08/29/2015, updated 09/14/2015, updated format 10/12/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 08/29/2015)
Dr. David Bogler Source: USDA NRCS PLANTS Database. "Marina parryi, Parry's False Prairie-clover" Encyclopedia of Life, available from Accessed 08/29/2015.
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information
Wikipedia contributors, 'Marina parryi', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 12 November 2013, 19:11 UTC, [accessed 29 August 2015]