Common Name: Round-head Bush-clover
Scientific Name: Lespedeza capitata
Height: 2 - 4 feet
August and September
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.