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PlantFiles: Shrub Bush Clover
Lespedeza bicolor

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lespedeza (less-pe-DEEZ-a) (Info)
Species: bicolor (BY-kul-ur) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials
Shrubs

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Rose/Mauve
Purple

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous
Herbaceous
Blue-Green
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral htop On Dec 3, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Shrub lespedeza can be found in Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Ohio (OH), Pennsylvania (PA), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Virginia (VA) and West Virginia (WV). It is also listed as invasive in Tennessee.

Neutral frostweed On Dec 20, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Shrub Bush Clover Lespedeza bicolor is naturalized in Texas and other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.

Neutral tcfromky On Sep 29, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful rose-purple, pea-like flowers over dark green leaves. This bush clover is a loose, open, deciduous shrub or sub-shrub which typically grows 5-10' tall and as wide. If cut to the ground in late winter, it will rapidly grow to 5' tall in a single growing season. Tolerates drought and does best in infertile, dryish soils in full sun. Blooms on new growth, so prune as needed in winter

Regional...

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

Denver, Colorado
Eustis, Florida



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