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Roundheaded Bushclover
Lespedeza capitata

Round-headed Bush Clover is a host plant for several different butterflies and moths. Its rigid stems and distinct seed heads turn a deep brown in the fall and stay standing through the winter.

USDA symbol: LECA8

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height4 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorWhite
Roundheaded Bushclover (Roundheaded Bushclover<div><em class="small">Lespedeza capitata</em></div>)
Photo credit: United States Department of Agriculture (Click to enlarge)

Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience8
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsAugust to September
Larval Host ofBees
Specific Pollinators HostedMegachile dakotensis
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Specialists

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionAbsent

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Pipestone, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Sherburne, Stearns, Steele, Todd, Wabasha, Washington, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands