Lespedeza virginica (L.) Britton
Slender lespedeza, Slender bush clover
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
USDA Symbol: levi7
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: 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
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.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
BibliographyBibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lespedeza virginica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lespedeza virginica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lespedeza virginica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff