Lespedeza, Common

Botanical Name Kummerowia striata
Life Cycle Annual
Environment - Full Sun
Preferred Sites - Upland/Grassland - Disturbed
Bloom Period August-September
Flower Color Purple


An introduced annual that grows widely across the southern and eastern portions of the United States. Common lespedeza is heavily grazed by cattle and other herbivores and can be planted in a mix with clump grasses. Blooming from August-September, its purple flowers are very inconspicuous. It does best in full sun and will adapt to many different soil types. Common lespedeza can become weedy, but chemical and mechanical treatments can keep it under control.


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