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Flaigg, Norman G.
Lespedeza capitata Michx.
Roundhead lespedeza, Roundhead bush-clover, Round-headed lespedeza, Round-headed bush-clover
Synonym(s): Lespedeza bicknellii, Lespedeza capitata var. stenophylla, Lespedeza capitata var. velutina, Lespedeza capitata var. vulgaris
USDA Symbol: LECA8
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The stems of round-head bush-clover stand 2-4 ft. tall and, along with the trifoliate leaves, are covered with fine hairs. Clover-like flowers are greenish-white and held in clusters along the upper part of the stem. Stems remain erect through the winter when the seedheads have turned dark brown. This is a perennial.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
, WV Canada: NB
, ON Native Distribution: ME
to c. MN
& s.e. SD,
s. to FL
& e. TX Native Habitat:
Upland prairies; sand dunes; dry, open woods; roadsides
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Seeds provide food for birds and other wildlife.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
PropagationDescription: Easily propagated from scarified seed. Sow unstratified seed in fall; stratified in spring.
Seed Collection: Collect from Oct. to Nov.
Seed Treatment: Scarification and moist stratification for 10 days.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Ohio Prairie Nursery
- Hiram, OH
Record Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Research By: TWC Staff