- any shrub or herb belonging to the genus Lespedeza, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and lavender flowers, grown for forage, soil improvement, etc.
Origin of lespedeza
< New Latin (1803), after V. M. de Zespedez (misread as Lespedez), 18th-century Spanish governor of East Florida
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Examples from the Web for lespedeza
During the following winter the stumps are removed, and then in spring the land is plowed and Lespedeza seed sown.
Enough Bermuda has grown in the furrows to insure a stand of Bermuda, and this is supplemented by the Lespedeza.
Indeed, the first season the Lespedeza will furnish more pasturage than the Bermuda.
Lespedeza is rather a tricky plant in Florida and is hardly worth consideration except in the northern part of the State.
Miyagi is the name of a field which is famous for the Hagi or Lespedeza, a small and pretty shrub, which blooms in the Autumn.Japanese Literature