round-headed bush-clover, round-headed lespedeza
Etymology: Lespedeza: after Cespedez, Spanish governor of east Flordia in late 18th century
Plants: slender, erect perennial, 2'-4' tall forb with dense, fine hairs; stems usually unbranched or with a few branches toward the top
Leaves: 3-parted, mostly oval, pointing upward on very short stalk
Flowers: cream with a pinkish throat, 5-parted, 3/8" long; inflorescence a rounded, dense cluster (head) of crowded, stalkless flowers turning dark brown when mature; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy, gravelly soil
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = FACU Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"