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.
Harvested in late October 2022. At least 15 seeds.
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