“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Hairy stems with stalked narrow leaflets in threes; leaf margin lacks teeth.
Up to 3 feet
Also called slender bush clover, the flowers are on very short stalks arising from leaf axils. Leaves are profuse.
Found throughout the Ozarks and prairie regions of Missouri in open woodlands, prairies, savannas and prairies. Several species of native lespedeza also are found in Missouri in a variety of upland habitats. Slender lespedeza is occasionally used in native forbs seeding mixes, but should be used more often as this is an excellent seed source for wildlife.