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PlantFiles: Korean Lespedeza
Kummerowia stipulacea 'Climax'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kummerowia (kum-ayr-OH-wee-uh) (Info)
Species: stipulacea (stip-yoo-LAY-see-ah) (Info)
Cultivar: Climax
Additional cultivar information: (Korean Clover)


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 18, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant was introduced into the USA in 1919 and became a popular hay and pasture plant, reaching the peak of popularity in the 1950's. I t was valuable in a 4 year crop rotation system that went corn to small grain to two years of hay. It is an annual but reseeds itself. It is an excellent fall hay when combined with the spring grasses Timothy and Herds Grass. In the days before large applications of nitrogen containing fertilizers, it was an essential nutrient builder.


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

Troy, Virginia

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