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Hairy lespedeza

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Hairy lespedeza
Scientific Classification
  • L. h. curtissii (Curtiss' lespedeza)
  • L. h. hirta (hairy lespedeza)
Closeup of Lespedeza

The Hairy Lespedeza is a common perennial herb with the species name Lespedeza hirta, also known as the hairy bush-clover. Its name is derived from the hairs that grow along its stem and leaves. Their habitat ranges throughout much the eastern Canada.[1] They are fire resistance and their leaves and seeds provide food and in some cases shelter for wildlife. They nitrogen-fixing plant and able to grow in a very acidic soil if it needs to.


Hairy L. in Reproductive state (flowering)

The Hairy lespedeza, more commonly known as a Hairy Bush-Clover, is a dicot perennial. Its leaves are of a dark green color, whereas its flowers are typically white. [2] Its leaves have an oblong quality, and consist of a pinnate pattern. And as you may have guessed, the reason for its name is simply because its components are hairy, with tiny follicles. When the lespedeza matures, it may reach up to 6 ft in length. [3]


Pollination occurs frequently occurs by insect assistance such as butterfly, honeybee, bumblebee, and other species of bugs as well will catch the pollen of the lespedeza and carry it reproduced elsewhere. [4]


Like many other plants, the ecology will consist of the exact same thing, but in different quantities; such as having a different amount of sunlight, oxygen, temperature, and even different quantities of water or moisture. In the Lespedeza's condition, it requires a very acidic composition in its ground soil to survive, and can only grow in climates of partial dryness (or lack of moisture and increase of sunlight).

Its leaves are said to be good nutrition for caterpillars and even moths to enjoy, but more importantly; some wildlife creatures also enjoy the foliage of the lespedeza, such as differing species of deer and species consisting of rabbits. Aside from the nutritious leaves of the lespedeza, the very seeds of the lespedeza are generally consumed by specific variations of Turkey and quail.[5]

Fire Resistance

When a plant is fire resistant, that means that the plant has enough water to sustain and protect the plant from fire. Fire resistant is not considered as completely fire-proof, but more of a fire retardant. [6] This typically means that the plant may be burned or slightly charred by fire, but can still retain its shape or form, and (for only some rare plants) even nurse its singed limb back to normal. Fire resistant plants are rare, and yet considered very useful to homeowners in the case of fireproofing their homes. Most fire resistant plants can be identified by their smooth, moist leaves, healthy living material (unlike bark, which is dead plant matter) and a non odorous, watery sap. Plants like eucalyptus trees are plants that can increase the danger of fire and have had a history of being the main contributors of houses being burnt to the ground. Thus providing the need of intelligent plantation of fire resistant plants like the Hairy lespedeza or other various species of fire resistant plants. [7]