Alternate name: Chinese Lespedeza, Sericea Lespedeza
Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family
Description Introduced. A semi-woody, leafy-stemmed perennial introduced from Asia that invades native habitats in North America.
Height: 3-5' (0.9-1.5 m).
Leaves: compound; divided into 3 narrowly oval leaflets, each to 1" (2.5 cm) long.
Flowers: whitish, purple-tinged pea flowers borne singly or in small clusters in leaf axils.
Fruit: small pod.
Habitat Disturbed habitats, fields, roadsides, open woodlands.
Range Asia native; naturalized in the United States from Massachusetts to Florida and west to Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Texas.
Discussion This introduced plant is considered a noxious or invasive pest. Widely planted for erosion control, it spreads into open areas, crowding out native flora and heavily self-sowing, so that it remains for years in a site. In some areas it is illegal to plant Chinese Bush-clover.