Lespedeza violacea (L.) Pers.
Common Name: BUSH-CLOVER
Synonym: Lespedeza intermedia
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Lespedeza violacea B. S. Walters

L. intermedia of Michigan Flora.

Oak-hickory forests; dry savannas, plains, and bluffs.

The distinction between this species and L. frutescens is not clear-cut on the basis of leaflet shape alone, although the separation from L. virginica is quite clear.

The hybrid with L. hirta (L. ×nuttallii Darl.) has spreading hairs on the stem (as in L. procumbens) but otherwise may resemble L. violacea. It is known from quite a number of counties. One collection from Oakland Co. has the aspect of L. frutescens but the keel is distinctly shorter than the wings and standard, and it may be L. frutescens × L. violacea.


Allegan County
Barry County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Eaton County
Genesee County
Hillsdale County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ottawa County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. July 29, 2021. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1320.