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Round-headed Bush Clover

Round-headed Bush Clover

Regular price $3.50 Sale

Lespedeza capitata

Origin: Eastern North America

Improvement status: Wild

Seeds per packet: ~200


Lifecycle: Perennial

A tall clover standing at 2-4' with a sturdy stem and large clusters of cream colored flowers with a splash of pink inside the cupped petals. The flower turns a dark rusty brown and persists through fall, making it a standout on a snowy background. The leaves are covered in dense hairs, giving them a silvery appearance. Round-headed Bush Clover is a nectar source for a variety of pollinators as well as forage for wildlife and livestock, as it palatable and nutritious. 

This plant had a number of medicinal uses for Native American groups, including tea.

Like all clovers, a legume, therefore it fixes nitrogen in the soil. Does well in full sun, and in medium to medium-dry soils. Blooms August to September.

GROWING TIPS: Seeds should be cold stratified for ten days before planting. Or sow in the fall, or in the very early spring, so it gets the cold stratification.