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Connecticut Plants
Round-headed Bush-clover
Lespedeza capitata Michx.

Seeds of round-headed bush-clover are an important food for bobwhites.

  • Family: pea (Fabaceae)
  • Habitat: dry, sandy fields
  • Height: 2-5 feet
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch long
  • Flower color: yellowish-white, with a purple spot
  • Flowering time: August to September
  • Origin: native
Lespedeza capitata Michx.
Lespedeza capitata Michx.
Lespedeza capitata Michx.

Some of the leaves have a silvery look from dense white hairs.

Lespedeza capitata Michx.
Lespedeza capitata Michx.

Round-headed bush-clover is easy to spot in fall and winter because the flowerheads retain their structure.

Lespedeza capitata Michx.

Photographed in southeastern Pennsylvania in mid-August.