Lespedeza repens (Creeping Bush Clover) [15 Seeds]

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Germination Information: Unfortunately, there is little information available on growing this species from seed, so I can only guess, based on the protocol for L. capitata, another native species. Sow the seeds (1/8″ deep) in a pot in fall to midwinter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after February, give the pot an artificial chilling period of about 2 months.

You could instead try starting them in warm conditions first, but if no seedlings appear after a month or so, then try the artificial chilling period.

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Creeping bush clover (Lespedeza repens), also known as creeping lespedeza or trailing lespedeza, is native to many parts of central and eastern North America, but it is surprisingly little known. I started with a small purchased plant and was underwhelmed the first year by the somewhat stringy, trailing stems. But the next year, wow: It produced an abundance of stems that cascaded over the edge of the raised bed, creating a waterfall of small, oblong leaflets sprinkled with purplish pink, pea-like blooms in late summer to early fall. It would look terrific planted on top of a wall or on a slope, where it could trail for several feet (eventually even more, as the stems may take root where they touch the soil). Or, try it as a low groundcover (to about 8 inches tall) in a site with average to dry soil, interplanted with small bulbs for additional interest. Creeping bush clover may also self-sow. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in late October 2023. At least 15 seeds.

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1 review for Lespedeza repens (Creeping Bush Clover) [15 Seeds]

  1. Kelly Andrews (verified owner)

    I cold stratified these for 2 1/2 months and moved the seed trays to warm conditions. I had a very high germination rate within 2-3 weeks at 70 degrees.

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