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Bicolor Lespedeza Lespedeza bicolor

Other Common Name(s):

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less-pe-DEEZ-a BY-kul-ur
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

This plant is invasive in the southeast.  Avoid excess fertilizer; prune in early spring.  Grows as an upright, open, loosely branched, spreading shrub.  It becomes unkept with age.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#weedy
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#weedy
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lespedeza
    Species:
    bicolor
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Eastern Siberia to Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 9 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Open
    Spreading
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    .5" rosy-purple pea-shaped flowers on 2-5" racemes. Blooms on current season's growth.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Insignificant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    .7-2" trifoliate leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Weedy