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Bush Clover 'Samindare'

Lespedeza thunbergii

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lespedeza (less-pe-DEEZ-a) (Info)
Species: thunbergii (thun-BERG-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Samindare




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Madison, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 12, 2014, JDLarsen from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Technically Zone 4A but being just 10 minutes outside of downtown Minneapolis, I have not lost a Zone 5 plant yet.

I have a two level 20' curved stone wall rising from the driveway to the house that gets 4.5 to 6 hours of afternoon sun - and is difficult to keep watered during peak hot periods. Researching plants for the first level I learned about Lespedeza. I chose Samindare because of it's smaller size. I found it at a local specialty nursery, Venero Gardens. The owner said in MN Samindare would be more like 3' X 3' in size so I spaced it accordingly.

First year growth is amazing with all branches 3' to 5+' and truly arching over the wall. I believe the 3' X 3' is incorrect and it will definitely mature to at least 5' X 5' per the standard profile for ... read more


On Apr 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar looks much like the species.

The species is a beautiful, tough plant with no pests or diseases here, it 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, it reaches mature size in two seasons. It is very late to show signs of life in the spring, often not till June here, but then it makes up for lost time. It's best cut back close to the ground in early spring like a butterfly bush. Usually has some dieback but doesn't generally die back to the ground here in USDA Zone 6.

Established plants are very drought-tolerant, and they also tolerate partial shade. Mature size here in Massachusetts is no more than 6' x 6'
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