Also known as shrub lespedeza, and bicolor lespedeza. Perennial in USDA zones 4-8.
|Habit/Size||up to 10 feet tall|
|Germination||Scarify seed coat before direct sowing 1/4 to 3/8 in deep. A legume innoculate is recommended for best results.|
|Requirements||Tolerant of most soil types and pH levels. Requires full sun to partial shade. Medium water needs.|
|Zones||USDA zones 4-8|
|Life Cycle||deciduous shrub|
|Harvest||Young leaves flowers, and stems can be cooked (usually boiled). Leaves can be used for tea.|
|Uses||edible (flowers, leaves, oil, seeds)*, utility (baskets, biomass, erosion control, nitrogen fixer, oil)|
|Breed Status||Open Pollinated|
|Saving Seeds/Propagation||Lespedeza bicolor is pollinated by insects and is hermaphrodite (has both male and female parts).|
|Seed Storage||Store seeds cold and dry (34-41 degrees F)|
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