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Lespedeza hirta (Hairy lespedeza)
Smith, R.W.

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 Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Legume
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Leaf: Dark Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug


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: Savanna,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)

Zarucco Duskywing
(Erynnis zarucco)

Adult Food Source
Learn more at BAMONA

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.


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
Bibref 1294 - 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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Web Reference

Webref 80 - Illinois Wildflowers (2002) John Hilty
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

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 Modified: 2022-11-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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