Lespedeza bicolor Turcz.

Lespedeza bicolor plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Lespedeza bicolor stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Lespedeza bicolor leaves

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Lespedeza bicolor flowerFlower close-up.

Lespedeza bicolor fruitDeveloping fruits.

Flowering - July - September.

Habitat - Cultivated fields, waste ground, roadsides.

Origin - Native to eastern Asia.

Other info. - This shrubby species of Lespedeza is the tallest of the genus in Missouri. The plant grows to 3m tall and is quite robust. Because of its shrubby habit, it is easy to identify in the field. L. bicolor can be found in just a few scattered Missouri counties but will certainly spread with time.
This is an introduced species which has been planted in many states on wildlife food-plots and for erosion control. The plant is aggressive, though, and should not be willingly spread.
The Japanese word for this species is "Yamahagi."

Photographs taken in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 7-29-03.


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