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Roundhead Lespedeza

Lespedeza capitata

Great wildlife plant; dark brown seed heads remain showy into winter and are good dried flowers


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Lespedeza capitata, commonly known as Roundhead Lespedeza or Round-Headed Bush Clover, is a native perennial legume. It has an upright growing habit.

Wildlife notes

The flowers are visited primarily by bees. Butterflies may suck nectar from the flowers, but they are not effective pollinators. ¬†Because it is high in protein and palatable, many mammalian herbivores eat the plant during different growth stages, including deer, rabbits, groundhogs, and livestock. An overpopulation of these animals may interfere with this plant’s establishment. Upland gamebirds, including the Mourning Dove, Bobwhite, and Wild Turkey eat the seeds. During the winter, the seeds are eaten by the Slate-Colored Junco.

Forage notes

Round-headed bush clover is a nutritious and palatable forage for livestock and other grazing animals. It is considered an excellent component in warm-season grass mixtures, adding protein to the forage and nitrogen to the soil. It is drought resistant.

Landscaping notes

This plant prefers full sun and mesic to dry conditions. It is adaptable to different kinds of soil that contain significant amounts of loam, clay, sand, or rocky material. It adds nitrogen to the soil and is easy to grow. Roundhead Lespedeza can be cultivated as a native wildflower for sunny locations such as in prairie plantings or in native plant gardens. It is a good butterfly plant, as several species use it as a caterpillar host. Roundhead Lespedeza tolerates drought, erosion, and poor soils but needs good drainage. Some people think the flower heads are showy, while others are less impressed.

Restoration notes

Habitats include mesic to dry black soil prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, hill prairies, loamy savannas and sandy savannas, limestone glades, and open areas along railroads and roadsides.

This species is commonly used in the following mixes: Wildlife Chuckwagon Mix

Videos and Articles About This Plant

To learn more about this plant, check out our videos about it and its uses.

Wildlife Chuckwagon | Native Wildflower Mix

Lespedezas: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

10 bulk lbs/acre





Bloom Month

Aug, Sep



Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Cut Flower, Medicinal, Tea

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.