Lespedeza thunbergii

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Lespedeza thunbergii
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Scientific classification
L. thunbergii
Binomial name
Lespedeza thunbergii
(DC.) Nakai

Lespedeza thunbergii is a species of flowering plant in the legume family known by the common names Thunberg's bushclover, Thunberg's lespedeza, and shrub lespedeza. It is native to China and Japan.[1]

This species produces annual stems up to 2 m (7 ft) tall and 0.5 in (1.3 cm) in diameter. They die back completely at the end of the season. The abundant pink to purplish flowers bloom in late summer. The fruit is a legume pod containing black seeds.[2]

The specific epithet thunbergii refers to the 18th-century Swedish botanist Carl Peter Thunberg.[3]

In cultivation this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4][5] It has been used to provide habitat for game animals, often alongside switchgrass. Cultivars include 'VA-70', 'Amquail',[2] 'White Fountain', and 'Gibraltar'.[6] This species has the capacity to become invasive.[2]


  1. ^ "Lespedeza thunbergii". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Lespedeza thunbergii. USDA NRCS Plant Fact Sheet.
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Lespedeza thunbergii". Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 59. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  6. ^ Lespedeza thunbergii. Missouri Botanical Garden.

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