Lespedeza procumbens Michx.
Downy Trailing Bush-clover
Downy trailing bush clover is native to the eastern United States. It appears in dry forests, woodlands, clearings, and roadsides.
Plants: Plants creep along the ground, reaching up to 4' (1.2 m) in length. Branches have dense hairs that spread outward. (The similar species Lespedeza repens is hairless or has fine hairs that lay against the stem (appressed).)
Leaves: Leaflets are oval, on stalks (petioles) that are shorter than the leaflets. They are broader toward the leaf tip, and ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) long.
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|Plant||Plants creep along the ground, reaching up to 4' (1.2 m) in length. Branches have dense hairs that spread outward.|
|Flowers||Pink, in racemes containing 8-12 flowers. with bilateral symmetry. They appear from August to October.|
|Leaves||Leaflets are oval, on stalks (petioles) that are shorter than the leaflets. They are broader toward the leaf tip, and ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) long.|
|Habitats||Dry forests, woodlands, clearings, and roadsides.|
Lespedeza procumbens on Discover Life
Lespedeza procumbens on nametheplant.net (Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia)
Lespedeza procumbens on Missouriplants.com
Lespedeza procumbens on www.marylandbiodiversity.com
Lespedeza procumbens on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site
Lespedeza procumbens on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 98
Lespedeza procumbens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.