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Lespedeza capitata

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Common Name:  Round-headed Bush Clover

Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, tolerant of most soils except clay and prefers infertile sandy soil, moderately acid to alkaline pH.  2-4 ft. height, blooms late summer into early fall, green or white flowers, spreads by rhizomes and spreads slowly by re-seeding

Germination Code: C(10), I, J

Native Region:  Statewide except absent in the Coastal Plain Province

Legume.  Easy to grow.  Attracts birds; seeds are important food for Bobwhite Quail.  Because plant is high in protein and tasty, many mammalian herbivores eat the plant during different stages of growth (including deer, rabbits, groundhogs and livestock) which may interfere with getting the plant established.  Also attracts bees and butterflies.

Round-headed Bush Clover - Lespedeza capitata
Photo Courtesy John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
Round-headed Bush Clover - Lespedeza capitata 2
Photo Courtesy John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/