Slender Bush-clover

Slender Bush-clover
Slender Bush-clover
 Iralee Barnard

Slender Bush-clover
Lespedeza virginica

 

Family Bean
Longevity Perennial
Height 1.5 - 2.5 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Stout, upright stems are branched above. Leaves are -1 inches long, with three leaflets. Small pink flowers are clustered at the top of the branches.
  • Comments:   Slender Bush-clover has many ecological benefits in Flint Hills grasslands. It contributes protein to livestock forage, adds nitrogen to the soil and provides high quality food for wildlife. It can be confused with an undesirable alien species Sericea Lespedeza (page 64). The characteristics that distinguish Slender Bush-clover are: 1) plants are not so tall and thick they crowd out all other vegetation; 2) each leaflet is linear-oblong, widest in the middle, with branching veins; 3) flowers are pink to purple; 4) seed pods are larger, almost inch long.


Slender Bush-clover
 Iralee Barnard

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