Japanese Clover

Japanese_Clover_jpgThis family (Fabaceae) commonly called the Pea or Bean Family consists of 459 genera and 14,400 species of herbs, shrubs, vines and trees found in temperate, cold and tropical regions.  The family is of major economic importance, providing edible beans and peas for animals, ornamentals, and dyes. Japanese Clover is found in upland woods, mostly in dry soil. Japanese Clover is important to only one wildlife species—the Bobwhite Quail.  The use this genus (Lespedeza) by songbirds is slight.

OtherCommonName:

Asiatic Bush Clover, Common Lespedeza

ScientificName:

Lespedeza striata

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Naturalized from East Asia

LifeSpan:

Annual

PlantHeight:

4 to 16 inches

FruitingTime:

Late August to October

Distribution:

New Jersey to Gulf states ~ Hunterdon County south to Cape May County in New Jersey

FloweringTime:

Late July to September

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Erect or diffuse, much branched ~ Stems sparsely hairy ~ Leaves oblong ~ Flowers pink or purple