Round-head Bush-clover

© Phyllis Scherich

 

Common Name: Round-head Bush-clover

Scientific Name: Lespedeza capitata

Family: Bean

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 2 - 4 feet

Bloom Period:
August and September

 

© Iralee Barnard

 

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.