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Lespedeza capitata

Roundhead Lespedeza

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Lespedeza capitata (Roundhead Lespedeza)

Roundhead Lespedeza is a perennial native species of bush clover that grows on stiff upright stems. It is commonly found in upland woods, thickets and prairies, on glades and along streams, railroads and roadsides. Tiny creamy white, pea-like flowers with a magenta spot at the base bloom in dense, rounded clusters in July to September. Leaves have three narrow to oblong leaflets. Leaflets may be green with little hair to gray-green and hairy depending upon the particular variety or form. The common name, Roundhead Bush Clover, refers to the rounded, clover-like flower heads and the clover-like foliage.

Perhaps best naturalized in prairies, open woodlands, or in conservation plantings.

Additional Information:

24-48 Inches


12-24 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-6

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Easily grown in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Does well in infertile, dry, sandy soils in full sun. Tolerates drought. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions.

Good Companions
Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea), Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii), Ashy Sunflower (Helianthus mollis), Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), Gray-head Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting




Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals