Lespedeza repens (L.) W.P.C. Barton
Creeping lespedeza, Creeping Bush-clover
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Hedysarum repens
USDA Symbol: lere2
A trailing plant with stems bearing loose clusters of pink to purple pea flowers and clover-like leaves.
Lespedeza is a genus of large, somewhat clover-like plants; considerable hybridizing has made for much variation in the 18 or more species found in eastern North America. They are useful plants for improving the fertility of dry sites, and their seeds are an important food source for bobwhite quail, although they are apparently not much used by songbirds.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: New York and Connecticut south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Kansas and Wisconsin.
Native Habitat: Open woods, clearings, and thickets.
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0560 Collected Oct 10, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lespedeza repens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lespedeza repens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lespedeza repens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff