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Lespedeza capitata

Description

Round-Headed Bush-Cover is a native wildflower and is a legume in the pea family. It is found in all areas of NC. The flowers bloom in late summer to fall in clusters of small white flowers. This plant is a high-value wildlife plant and is a host plant for butterflies, a forage plant, a nectar plant for pollinators and seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.

It is adaptable to different soil types as long as they are well-drained and is drought tolerant. It is probably best to use this plant in a naturalized area.

Habitat: Woodlands and woodland borders, meadows, fens, prairies, sand dunes

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#bees#wildlife plant#native perennial#NC native#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#mammals#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#pollinator garden#audubon#eastern tailed-blue butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#wildlife plant#native perennial#NC native#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#mammals#butterfly friendly#butterfly larvae#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#pollinator garden#audubon#eastern tailed-blue butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lespedeza
    Species:
    capitata
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North and southeastern U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant supports Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas) larvae which has many broods from February-November. The adult butterflies feed on low-lying, open or short-tubed flowers such as white sweet clover, shepherd's needle, wild strawberry, winter cress, cinquefoils, and asters. It also attracts birds, bees, and mammals.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wildlife Larval Host
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is a fuzzy pod with 1 seed. Persist into winter. Displays from September to November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    2-5 inch long clusters of flowers appear in the apex and top of the central stem. There are numerous hairy bracts, from which the small white flowers barely protrude. The 1/4- 1/2 inch flowers have 5 petals and a patch of purple near the throat. Blooms August- Oct.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    The trifoliate leaves occur alternately along the stem on short petioles, up to 3" long and 1" across, ovate, margins entire, widely scattered white hairs, and a prominent central vein. Underside silky pubescent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    The central stem is slightly ridged and covered with white hairs.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion