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Lespedeza capitata - Michx.

Common Name Roundhead Lespedeza
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry fields[222]. Sandy open woods or open ground in Texas[274].
Range N. America - Maine to Florida, west to Kansas and Texas.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Lespedeza capitata Roundhead Lespedeza


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lespedeza capitata is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea

The leaves have been boiled to make a tea[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antidote  Antirheumatic  Cancer  Kidney

The plant contains several biologically active compounds. Pharmaceutical preparations are manufactured from them[222]. An extract of the plant is of disputed utility in chronic kidney disease[222]. Experimentally, it has demonstrated antitumor activity against Walker-256 carcinosarcoma and is also reportedly effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels[222]. It is also believed to reduce blood levels of nitrogen compounds in persons with high nitrogen levels in their urine[222]. The root has been used as an antidote to poisoning[257]. The stems have been used in moxibustion in the treatment of neuralgia and rheumatism[222, 257].

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Other Uses

Nitrogen Fixer.

Special Uses

Food Forest  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a light loam in full sun[1]. The top growth is not very cold tolerant, although the rootstock is considerably hardier. Plants are usually cut back to the ground in all but very mild winters, though they generally resprout well from the base in the following spring and flower in late summer[182]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow it in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in individual pots in a frame. It can be difficult to get the cuttings through their first winter, it is best to plunge the pots in a bed of ashes in a sheltered border outdoors[78].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Attilio D'Alberto   Tue Mar 20 2007

Attilio D'Alberto Online journal covering all aspects of Chinese medicine

Edward Fletcher   Wed May 30 2007

We have Lespedeza capitata botanical raw material for sale.

Stephanie   Thu Oct 23 2008

I work at a compounding pharmacy in Vermont and need to purchase bulk lespedeza capitata. We compound for humans and animals and we have having a VERY hard time finding it. IF any one can help me out that would be great. We need the bulk plant already ground and ready to go....no seeds. We would keep this person/company as our supplier and keep them at the top of the list for any other herbs we might need. Thank you. Steph

Ed Fletcher   Thu Apr 30 2009

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