Lespedeza procumbens Michx.

Trailing Bush Clover

Lespedeza procumbens plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Lespedeza procumbens stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Lespedeza procumbens leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

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Lespedeza procumbens flowers

Lespedeza procumbens fruits

Flowering - August - October.

Habitat - Dry rocky woods (usually on acid soils of upland slopes).

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found mainly in the southern half of the state and also in a number of counties north of the Missouri River in the eastern portion of the state. The plant is easy to identify in the field because of its decumbent, hirsute stems. The small flowers can range from whitish to purple. If left untouched, the plant can form large mats.

Photographs taken at Alley Springs, MO., 8-29-03, and at Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve, KS., 9-17-06.