Lespedeza, Bicolor 1-0
Zones 4-8 ☼
Bicolor lespedeza was introduced primarily to provide legume food and cover to popular game animals. Target wildlife includes ringneck pheasants, bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbits and whitetailed deer. Honeybees are also attracted to their pinkish to purple flowers, which bloom in late summer when few other plants valuable to beekeepers are blooming. The masses of late summer blooms also make it a valuable landscaping plant for borders and hedges. Bicolor lespedeza is best used as field borders and along woodlands, on spoilbanks resulting from ditching and in small odd areas devoted to wildlife habitat improvement. Its mature height is 4 to 6 feet.