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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Lespedeza virginica (L.) Britt.
Slender lespedeza, Slender bush clover
USDA Symbol: LEVI7
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Upright stem with compound leaves and small crowded clusters of lavender pea-like flowers in upper leaf axils.
This is a large, somewhat clover-like group in which considerable hybridizing has resulted in much variation in the 18 or more species found in the East. They are useful plants for improving the fertility of dry sites, and their seeds are a very important food for bobwhite quail. Some cultivated species, such as Japanese Clover (L. striata) and Korean Clover (L. stipulacea), frequently escape cultivation and occur wild from Pennyslvania to Kansas and southward. Other native species include Round-headed Bush-clover (L. capitata), with dense globose flower clusters in the leaf axils, a white and magenta-spotted corolla concealed by long sepals, and nearly stalkless hairy leaves, each with 3 oblong leaflets.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV Canada: ON Native Distribution:
S. Ontario; s. New Hampshire south to Florida; west to Texas; north to Wisconsin and Michigan. Native Habitat:
Dry open woods, thickets, and clearings. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff