Korean Clover Kummerowia stipulacea (Maximowicz) SchindlerNon-native    Synonyms: Korean Lespedeza, Lespedeza stipulacea.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Fabales   >   Family Fabaceae   >   Genus Kummerowia   


This species is native to eastern Asia and has a long history in the U.S. since its intentional introduction around 1915. It has been used to primarily to control erosion at mining sites, along roadsides, and in agricultural areas. It was chosen at least in part because it is attractive to livestock.


Compare Japanese Clover. Both species have appressed hairs on the stem. Korean Clover has hair on the stem that points upwards and Japanese Clover has hair on the stem that point downwards.

Where to find:

Look for it in lawns and disturbed areas, especially in open sections of parks.

There are 60 records in the project database.

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Korean Clover blooming in Harford Co., Maryland (9/21/2016). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

Korean Clover blooming in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/31/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Korean Clover in Allegany Co., Maryland (8/31/2014). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Korean Clover in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/8/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

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