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Lespedeza capitata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-5'

Bloom Time: August, September

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green, gray-green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, colonizing, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Lespedeza capitata (roundhead lespedeza)
  • Lespedeza capitata (roundhead lespedeza)
  • Lespedeza capitata (roundhead lespedeza)
  • Lespedeza capitata (roundhead lespedeza)

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Description

Lespedeza capitata

Also known as:

roundhead lespedeza

,

roundhead bush clover

,

round-headed bush clover

Scientific Synonyms:

Lespedeza bicknellii, Lespedeza capitata var. stenophylla, Lespedeza capitata var. velutina, Lespedeza capitata var. vulgaris

Description

Lespedeza capitata is a tall, erect member of the Pea family, that can grow to a height of 5'. The compound leaves are composed of 3 oval leaflets with a prominent central vein, and covered with fine hairs which gives the plant a silver sheen. The stems are also covered in fine hair, very robust, and unbranched. Round clusters of whitish flowers emerge from the leaf axils on the upper part of the plant. The individual flowers are small, but surrounded by conspicuous, distinctive greenish hairy bracts.

Cultivation

Roundhead lespedeza prefers full sun and dry conditions. It is adapted to a variety of soil, including poor and rocky ones. It is easy to grow, and can provide a striking addition to a rock garden, or sunny border. It is also a good choice for naturalized, dry prairies or savannas, though susceptible to herbivores. The bloom period lasts about a month in late summer to early fall. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagate by seed. They will not need to be stratified if sown in fall. Germination rates are low if the seeds have not been scarified. The deep central taproot make mature plants untransplantable.

Additional Notes

Like other members of the Pea family, Lespedeza capitata has the ability to fix nitrogen.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Special Concern: KY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae Pea family
Genus Lespedeza lespedeza
Species Lespedeza capitata roundhead lespedeza