Scientific NameLespedeza cuneata
Other Common Names:
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Lespedeza cuneata var. serpens
Lespedeza juncea var. sericea
Leaves: Leaves are arranged alternately along the stem and are divided into 3 smaller leaflets. Individual leaflets range from 1/2 to 3/4 inches long, and have many short hairs on both surfaces. Leaflets are also oblong to linear in outline, and have a grayish cast. Stems: Become somewhat woody with age and have stiff bristles.
A perennial with erect stems that may reach 5 feet in height. Sericea lespedeza is often a weed of pastures, hay fields, roadsides, and abandoned fields. The alternately arranged leaves that are divided into 3 smaller leaflets and erect stems with stiff hairs are all characteristics that help in the identification of sericea lespedeza.
Flower Seed Head
Emerge from the position between the stem and leaves (leaf axils) in the middle to upper portions of the plant. Flowers occur either singly or in clusters of 2 to 4. Individual flowers are white with violet or purple markings.
It is found throughout the southeastern United States.
woody bush or tree
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval