Round-head Bush-clover

Round-head Bush-clover
Round-head Bush-clover
 Phyllis Scherich


Lespedeza capitata


Family Bean
Longevity Perennial
Height 2 - 4 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Stems are stiffly erect. Leaves have three ovate leaflets that are 1-2 inches long. Small, cream to yellowish-white flowers are clustered at the tops of the plants.
  • Comments: Flowers are not showy. Mature clusters of persistent, reddish-brown, outer-flower “capsules” catch the eye. Leaves are often covered in fine, silvery hair, giving them a noticeable luster. This native legume produces high protein forage palatable to livestock. It is a decreaser on native ranges. Upland game birds, song birds and small mammals use the seeds for food. Caterpillars of the eastern tailed-blue butterfly feed on the foliage. Round-head Bush-clover grows on open prairies in the eastern half of Kansas.

Round-head Bush-clover fruiting
 Iralee Barnard

Return to The Meadow


The Meadow
Text: Iralee Barnard
Design: Jim Mason