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Lespedeza hirta

Lespedeza hirta (L.) Hornem.

Hairy lespedeza

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: LEHI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Dark Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Savannah,Prairie/Meadow/Field

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sand


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Lespedeza hirta is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Zarucco Duskywing
(Erynnis zarucco)
Food Source
Learn more at BAMONA

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Lespedeza hirta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lespedeza hirta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lespedeza hirta


Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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