Stems rather stiff, erect and usually stout, simple or branched above, densely hairy or softly pubescent, 2 to 5 feet high. Leaflets three, oval or suborbicular, blunt at each end, or often notched at the apex, one-half to 2 inches long; the petioles shorter than the leaflets. Flowers in oblong-cylindric, rather dense heads on stalks which are much longer than the leaves; flowers all complete; corolla yellowish white, usually the standard with a purple spot near its base. Fruiting pod oval, pointed, hairy and about as long as the slender calyx lobes.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 113

A. Hairy Bush Clover

A. Hairy Bush Clover - Lespedeza hirta

In dry or sandy soil, Maine to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Flowering from August to October.

The Round-headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata Michaux) is similar but the stalks bearing the flower clusters are shorter than the leaves, forming a more compact inflorescence. Its range and period of flowering are about the same.