Location: West Campus
Approximate blooming period: spring - summer - mid-fall
Chinese bush-clover, Lespedeza cuneata, sericea
Origin: China; Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Tiawan
Habitat: It will invade open woodlands, fields, prairies, borders of ponds and swamps, meadows, and open disturbed ground, but is intolerant of shade.
Height and Form: a warm season, perennial herbaceous plant
Foliage and Bark: grayish-green or silvery leaflets, mature stems are woody
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: Small creamy white to pale yellow flowers with the base being purple
Korean low bush-clover, Kummerowia stipulacea
Origin: China, Japan, Korea, Tiawan
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 0
Height and Form: annual, up to 24 inches tall,
Foliage and Bark: leaves form a kind of cone-shape
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: five-lobed bell-shaped, white with a pinkish-purple center, egg-shaped fruit, smooth and shiny, brown or black seeds.
Culture: It cannot grow in the shade and requires dry or moist soil.
Cultivars/Varieties: introduced into the United States in 1919 as a hay and pasture plant.