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Slender Bush-clover Lespedeza virginica

Phonetic Spelling
less-pe-DEEZ-a vir-JIN-ih-kuh
Description

Lespedeza virginica is a broad leaf perennial in which hybridizing has resulted in a great variation in the 18 or more species.  In the wild, it can be found growing in dry woods, clearings, thickets, sandy prairies, hill prairies, rocky upland forests, savannas, scrubby barrens, limestone glades bluffs and along lakes.  Typically, oak trees dominate the wooded areas where this plant is found.  

The seeds from this plant is a food source for the bobwhite quail. 

They are capable of forming fertile seeds without insect pollination.  It will naturalize by reseeding and prostrate stems rooting at the nodes.

As it blooms on new wood, cut this herbaceous plant to the ground in the winter.  It will come back next spring with a vengeance.  

Recipient of the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No notable issues.

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Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#deer resistant#wildflower garden#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#audubon#eastern tailed-blue butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#deer resistant#wildflower garden#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#pollinator garden#audubon#eastern tailed-blue butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lespedeza
    Species:
    virginica
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Japan
    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. Attract birds, butterflies, and small mammals.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from August to November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Pea-like flowers on slender stalks bloom from July to September.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Small oblong leaves 1 1/2" x 1/2" with a tiny point at the tip on long stalks
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Long stalks, upright stems and many branches.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds