Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata)
An adaptable, distinctive legume that hosts a variety of moths, skippers, and the eastern tailed blue butterfly! A beneficial addition to any dry prairie but desirable to browsers, so plants should be protected while they establish. Otherwise easy to grow in well drained areas, and drought tolerant. May reseed in optimal conditions, but plants are unbranched and generally do not crowd other species out.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Green-White
Bloom Time: Aug-Sep
Root Type: Taproot
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees and butterflies. Hosts several species of skipper, including the silver spotted and northern cloudywing skippers, several moths, including the black-spotted prominent and bella moths, the eastern tailed blue butterfly, and some smaller insects. Seeds are eaten by gamebirds such as mourning doves, bobwhite, and turkey, and the slate colored junco in the winter. Foliage is desirable to a wide variety of mammals.