Drought Resistant Lespedeza Capitata Round Headed Bush Clover Flower Seed

Lespedeza Capitata Seeds

Flower Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3 - 9

Height: 30 - 48 inches

Bloom Season: Summer and fall

Bloom Color: Cream

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Loam, clay, sand, rocky, pH 5.6 - 7.3

Foliage Color: Silvery green

Deer Resistant: No

Latin Name: Lespedeza Capitata

Planting Directions

Temperature: 65F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch

Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 - 24 inches

Care & Maintenance: Lespedeza

Lespedeza (Lespedeza Capitata) - Start Lespedeza seeds for a naturalized landscape setting. Also known as Round-headed Bush Clover, this beneficial flowering plant grows best in full sun and dry conditions. Lespedeza is adaptable to different kinds of soil that contain significant amounts of loam, clay, sand, or rocky material. Like many legumes, it adds nitrogen to the soil, and is easy to grow from flower seeds. Round-headed Bush Clover has good drought resistance; however, some of the lower leaves may turn yellow and fall off the plant if adequate water is not maintained.

Lespedeza is excellent for wildlife. It mixes well in a naturalized setting with a mix of wildflowers. Round-Headed Bush Clover is very attractive to both bees and butterflies. Because it is high in protein and palatable, many herbivores eat the plant during different growth stages, including deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and livestock. This can be a problem with establishment if these animals are not controlled. The flower seeds are eaten primarily by upland game birds including: the Mourning Dove, Bobwhite, and Wild Turkey. During the winter, the Lespedeza seed is eaten by song birds.

Lespedeza Capitata seed does well with a dormant fall planting. The flower seeds can be directly planted outdoors in the late fall where they will lay dormant until spring rains and warming temperatures will bring on germination. If planted in the spring, Round Headed Bush Clover seed benefits from a cold treatment for 3 - 4 weeks before sowing.

Approximately 8,000 seeds per ounce.

Great For Wildlife

Lespedeza plants make for excellent livestock forage, as it is both palatable and high in protein. It is native to eastern North America and grows as a natural prairie plant.

Great For Wildlife

Useful Landscape Herb

How To Grow

Lespedeza seeds do best with a dormant fall planting: this will help to naturally prepare the seeds for germination in the spring. Sow seeds directly outdoors in late fall. As temperatures warm after winter and the spring rains arrive, the seeds will begin germinating. Once conditions are correct, the seeds take 14-21 days to germinate. If planted in the spring, it is best to perform a cold treatment on the seeds for 3-4 weeks before sowing. Plants should be spaced 12-24 inches apart.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: loam or rock with pH 5.6-7.3
  • Germ time: 14-21 days
Useful Landscape Herb

Plant Information

Lespedeza capitata is a perennial herb native to eastern North America. It grows in USDA zones 3 through 9, and makes for an excellent forage plant for livestock since it is palatable and nutritious.

  • Bloom color: cream
  • Foliage color: silvery green
  • Bloom season: summer through fall
  • Height: 30-48 inches