Hairy Lespedeza

Hairy lespedeza (Lespedeza hirta) seed heads
Hairy lespedeza (Lespedeza hirta) seed heads

Common Name: Hairy lespedeza

Latin Name: Lespedeza hirta


Habit:  A native, perennial, wildflower that grows to a height of about 2-3 feet. 

Leaves:  Alternate, compound in three leaflets, elliptic to orbicular in shape with entire margins. The upper surface strigose (hairy) which gives it its common name. 

Flowers: Small white flowers appear in the summer. The brown, dried, seed heads are the most prominent feature. 

Habitat:  Pine flatwoods, dry forests and hammocks, and sandhills.

Landscape:  It grows in full sun to high shifting sun with average to dry soil moisture.

Range: It is native to the following states: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WV.

Wildlife use: The small, white, flowers are used as a nectar source for native bees. The seeds are eaten by songbirds, quail, and wild turkey. Hairy lespedeza is a larval host plant for the Zarucco duskywing skipper (Erynnis zarucco) butterfly. Deer, rabbits and other herbivores eat the foliage.

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