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) 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)
On Oct 8, 2012, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:
A beautiful, tough plant with no pests or diseases here, puts on a spectacular show when in flower from late August into early October. Especially beautiful weeping down from the top of a retaining wall.
A fast grower, reaches mature size in two seasons. Established plants are very drought-tolerant, also fairly shade tolerant. Best cut back to the ground in early spring. Usually has some dieback but doesn't generally die back to the ground here in USDA Zone 6.
On Sep 23, 2007, bermudakiller from Union Grove, AL wrote:
I raised my plants from seed to be used as a vegtable, not all that good to eat but interesting, especialy the blooms, OK in salads but dull and slightly bitter alone. In it's fourth year it is about 9 feet high and 12 to 15 feet wide, would be taller and narrower if they weren't so loaded with blooms, they are quite bent at the moment, usually a vase shaped plant, but now a coarse fountain effect, it is a fair screen and worth raising for it's ornamental value alone, but not for the small yard. They are in a dry spot, heavily mulched, partialy rotted leaves about 3 inches in depth and get minimal water, but are more attractive when I give them some extra.
On Sep 7, 2006, Entlie from New Bern, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I bought this plant at the Tryon Palace historic plant sale in New Bern, NC. two years ago. It is lovely, but needs lots of space for it's beautiful softly cascading branches. I just moved mine, and it had started 6 suckers which were not attached to the main plant. It has been growing gangbusters in an area that was very wet. Now it's in a much drier area so hope it is as successful.
On Jan 8, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Lespedeza is a woody perennial in warmer climates but often dies back to the rootstock in colder climates (hence the designation as both herbaceous and deciduous.)
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Union Grove, Alabama Lakeland, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Williston, Florida South Amana, Iowa Cloverly, Maryland Leeds, Massachusetts Roslindale, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts West Newbury, Massachusetts Eupora, Mississippi Helena, Montana Ramsey, New Jersey Fairfield Harbour, North Carolina Barnhill, Ohio Laflin, Pennsylvania Memphis, Tennessee Houston, Texas Macgregor, Texas San Antonio, Texas Spring, Texas Gloucester Courthouse, Virginia Henrico, Virginia Hillsboro, Virginia Lexington, Virginia