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Lespedeza bicolor

Shrubby bushclover

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsAugust & October
  • Height3m
  • Spread3m
  • Speed of GrowthVery fast
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPink and purple
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Lespedeza bicolor (Shrubby bushclover). This shrub has an upright habit, long racemes of pink and purple, pea-like flowers and rounded, mid-green leaves.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria.

Interest and use

Grown as an ornamental, mainly for its flowers. The leaves can be used as a tea substitute. The flowers are attractive to bees.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Loamy
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

This plant has become invasive in S. E. USA. It is drought tolerant and often used as a windbreak and to stop soil erosion.

Propagation

By seed. Seed needs to be scarified to germinate.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Rabbits and deer

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