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Bicolor Lespedeza

Lespedeza bicolor Turcz.
Synonym: Shrubby lespedeza

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James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service


Commodities Affected:
Forestry and Natural Areas



Bicolor lespedeza is an upright, semi-woody perennial forb; 3 to 10 feet in height with many slender stems. It has elliptical alternate, abundant, three-parted leaves. Flowers are purple and pea-like. It is an extremely aggressive invader of open areas, forming dense thickets which displace native vegetation. Native to Asia and was introduced into the Unites States in the late 1800s, lespedeza has been widely planted for wildlife habitat, especially for northern bobwhite habitat.  Note: Plant with caution – not near prairies, barrens, or savannas.  <>



Bicolor lespedeza has been reported in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) database in the Indiana county of Fountain.