Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Flowers: White

Attributes: Butterfly host plant, Drought tolerant

Height: 60-120 cm (23-47 in)


Bush-clover is the butterfly host plant for the Gray Hairstreak and Eastern-tailed Blue. It is also nutritious native legume that is readily grazed by livestock and upland game birds consume the seeds. The Pawnee called this plant "rabbit foot" because of the shape its flower heads. The roots of round-head bush clover grow 5-8 feet long. Like other members of the pea or legume family, the roots of the round-head bush-clover contain nitrogen-fixing organisms that convert nitrogen from the air to a form that other plants can use.


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Wildflowers website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

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