Pink Bush Clover 'Gibraltar'

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: Gibraltar




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall





Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Mystic, Connecticut

Boise, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Russell, Kentucky

Edgartown, Massachusetts

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Hopkins, Minnesota

Newton, New Jersey

Mechanicville, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Grassy Creek, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Oriental, North Carolina

Whitsett, North Carolina

Maineville, Ohio

Orrville, Ohio

Memphis, Tennessee

San Antonio, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Rockbridge Baths, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

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'

Should be grown far more often in the Northeast. This plant is inva... read more


On Nov 3, 2013, rememberme from Rego Park, NY wrote:

What a forgiving plant! Initially, I planted it under a full grown spruce, streching the "part sun" concept, as many beginners do; so it just stayed there, waiting for me to "grow up". When I did, a full year and a half later, it just shot up a full 4 feet between May and September. What a beauty! In Stillwater, NJ.


On Oct 9, 2013, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I bought a teeny tiny little plant in the spring and waited longer than I should have to plant it. I thought it might have died. Then after I planted it something (probably rabbits) was chewing it up, and I again thought it might croak. So it didn't do a whole lot through the summer but one day in mid-September I was surprised to see it was blooming--bright fuschia, and I do mean BRIGHT. Now a month later it is blooming and growing like crazy. It's small and immature at this point so I am using supports because the arching branches are rather weighed down by all the blossoms, and I want to show them off. But this is a really lovely and unusual plant.


On Oct 28, 2007, archie469 from Oriental, NC wrote:

I purchased this plant last year and love it! It has bloomed several times over the season, but the most blooms are in the fall when not many other perennials are flowering. It does need a big space, but will reward you greatly. I saw it first at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina.


On Sep 1, 2004, uofagirl from Orrville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

My neighbor bought this from Lowe's several years ago when it was more popular, and gave me a root division early May 2004. It is almost 5 feet tall September 1st zone 5/6. Unscented, but very delicate, exotic looking because of mounding stems like a weeping willow. I believe this is a member of the pea family. I am very pleased with it so far. Nice fall interest.