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PlantFiles: Bush Clover
Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lespedeza (less-pe-DEEZ-a) (Info)
Species: liukiuensis
Cultivar: Little Volcano

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CorysMom On May 25, 2014, CorysMom from Alachua, FL wrote:

I live about 15 miles west of Gainesville FL and bought this little guy in a 1 gallon pot about 5 years ago. Today it is approximately 15' across and 15' tall. It blooms in both spring and fall. After the fall bloom, the leaves turn bright yellow and then fall off. In the spring, before the blooming it gets seed pods that look like flat green beans :) I can't say enough good things about this plant, just love it!

Positive Edgewater_Garden On Sep 30, 2012, Edgewater_Garden from Edgewater, FL wrote:

Little Volcano Bush grows well in slight alkaline soil. Zone 9b, full sun, Zip 32141. This is the view looking west that we see from our computer room picture window - it is a joy in the morning, afternoon and evening. The gardener can mow around it easily with large power equipment.

Positive ponsrus On Sep 13, 2012, ponsrus from Pinehurst, NC wrote:

This is a favorite in my NC (7b) garden. Hope you planted it where it has room to grow. It gets quite wide and tall, but its arching branches are absolutely beautiful when they are full of blooms in early fall. Don't worry when you see it die back to just a few small sticks in winter. It is rather slow to break ground in spring, but it will come back. Once it does come up, it grows like gangbusters, and in summer, even without flowers, it is very attractive.

Neutral blinkie On Apr 16, 2012, blinkie from Mooresville, NC wrote:

Just bought this plant at Brookgreen Gardens in SC and am wondering how it does in NC and if it grows as large in Zone 7B. Does it do similarly to Butterfly Bush?


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Alachua, Florida
Cottondale, Florida
Edgewater, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Merryville, Louisiana
Brenham, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Houston, Texas
Tomball, Texas
Willis, Texas
Lexington, Virginia

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