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Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'

Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'
Elegantly swooping style
bush clover
Masses of flowers in October
Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'
First flowers on a young plant

Common name bush clover
Family fabaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-9)
Flowers purple-pink (summer-fall)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Purple-pink pea flowers on a shrub that grows wider than it gets tall, with elegantly arching branches. Can be pruned back hard in spring. Sometimes listed as a subspecies of L. thunbergii. Ours is planted in a north-facing border where it gets only a few hours of sun per day, and it is perfectly happy there. It appears to be sterile, at least, I've never seen its characteristic seed pods in our garden. In its first (mild) winter, the entire shrub sailed right through; the second winter featured the Texas megafreeze, causing all the upper growth to die back – but it didn't take long for new growth to return from the base, much like the L. thunbergii that we grew back in Pennsylvania used to behave.

bush clover
New growth a few weeks after the megafreeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

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