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Plant Details

Lespedeza virginica

Slender Lespedeza, Virginia Lespedeza, Slender Bush-clover

Scientific Name:

Lespedeza virginica

Genus:

Lespedeza

Species Epithet:

virginica

Common Name:

Slender Lespedeza, Virginia Lespedeza, Slender Bush-clover

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, woodlands, and woodland borders. Common to very common in the NC Piedmont and most of the Coastal Plain. Fairly common to frequent in the mountains, more common in the southwestern counties. Toward the coast, it is infrequent in the far northeastern counties.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Best in meadows or natural areas.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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