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Plant of the Week: Lespedeza

Actually we have two plants of the week this time: Lespedeza liukluensis “Little Volcano” and Lespedeza thunbergii “Spring Grove.” Both have the same mounding/arching growth habit, are semi-evergreen, hardy zones 6a – 9b, low maintenance, like sun to part sun, fast growing, drought tolerant once established, and bloom heavy in the Spring and Fall. The difference between the two is size. LV gets a good 8′ x 8′, while SG stays 5 – 6′ tall and wide.

The blooms are a very pretty lavender/purple color that look somewhat like sweet pea blooms. SG’s bloom panicles are 24″ long and LV’s are about 15″ long.

How stunning would these be either as an informal hedge (please do not shear these) or as a single awesome specimen plant in your garden!

We have them in 1-gallon containers $5.99 each.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Coming Attractions…

Got some really cool plants coming in this week.  Some are the usual suspects, but some are ones that either have never been in stock or haven’t been available lately.  They are:  Lespedeza “Little Volcano,” Muhly grass, Mexican Bush Sage, Simpson’s Stopper, and Moujean Tea.

Muhly grass and Simpson’s Stopper are both native plants.

Muhly grass is a host plant for butterflies.  Mexican Bush Sage, Moujean Tea, and Simpson’s Stopper are nectar plants for butterflies.  And…the leaves of Moujean Tea are edible and used to make tea.

“Little Volcano” is the plant in the header pic.  I’ll post more pics and info on each plant when I get them.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs