|shrubby lespedeza|| USDA PLANTS Symbol: LEBI2
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Shrub or Subshrub Forbs/Herbs
|Lespedeza bicolor Turcz.|
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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Fabales: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
|Synonym(s): bicolor lespedeza, shrub lespedeza|
|Native Range: N. China to Manchuria and Japan (REHD); Japan (BAIL);|
Shrubby lespedeza is an upright semi-woody forb, 3 to 10 ft. (0.9-3 m) in height with many slender stems and arching branches. Leaves are elliptical, alternate, abundant and three-parted. Leaflets are oval with the lower surface lighter than the upper surface. Flowering occurs in the summer, when purple, pea-like flowers develop in clusters. Flowers are less than 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long. Shrubby lespedeza is an extremely aggressive invader of open areas, forming dense thickets, which displace native vegetation. Native to Asia and introduced into the United States in the late 1800s, shrubby lespedeza has been widely planted for wildlife habitat, especially for northern bobwhite quail.
|Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources|
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This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.
|U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:|
|Colonial National Historical Park (Virginia)|
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina & Tennessee)