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LESPEDEZA Lespedeza striata
Annual & Perennial plants named after the Spanish governor of Florida who aided the French Botanist Andre Michaux (1746-1802).  Michaux lived in America for 10 years and wrote much about American plants.  Discovered in Monticello Georgia in 1846, but thought to have originated in Japan.   Called Japan Clover and later just "Lespedeza", it spread throughout the southern states in late 1800's.  Used for hay and forage and for soil improvements.  Most are annual (except Sericea) unless allowed to drop seeds and re-seed itself.

PLANTING:
Broadcast: 20-30 lbs. /acre. - cover 1/4 inch deep.
Plant hulled / scarified seed in April /May after danger of frost / freeze is past.
Prepared seed bed free of weeds / firm with light roller after planting.
First year - lots of weeds.... Second year it gets better.  Third year is a charm!

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  • Korean Lespedeza
  • Sericea Lespedeza
  • Interstate Lespedeza
  • Bicolor Lespedeza

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VARIETIES:
KOBE:
  Kobe Striate
Improved selection known for surviving droughts where common Lespedeza perished.  Has extensive root system, larger leaves and usually grows 2 to 2.5 feet tall.   In the southeast it is used as a hay crop, growing 2 feet and up. It is drought resistant, and supplies high degree of seed and coverage for quail and dove. Planted at the rate of 30 lb. per acre in early spring and summer ½ inches in the ground. Wildlife food plots are planted in strips in /or near wooded areas and close to water to provide seeds for wildlife in the winter months.
Planting Rate: 30 lbs. / acre.
Plant 1/2 inch deep March/April to May.

KOREAN:
Earliest of the annual Lespedezas, coming up first and growing rapidly.  Provides early forage.  Can be planted in pasture combinations and produces abundant hay.  Inoculation is recommended for seeds.  Korean is the earliest to mature and provides seed in August for quail. This is a heavy seed producer and grows to 15 inches tall. Plant at 30 lb. / acre ½ inches early in the spring or summer.
Planting Rate: 30 lbs. / acre.
Plant 1/2 inch deep March/April to May.

SERICEA:
This one is considered perennial and comes back each spring similar to alfalfa.  Often called "Poor man's Alfalfa".   Has an enormous root system often going down 4 feet or more.  Great for erosion control and handles drought well.  Increase nitrogen in soil when inoculated.   Will grow throughout the Southeastern US on most all soil types.  Extremely leafy and equal to Alfalfa in feeding value.

Interstate Sericea was specifically developed for the roadside erosion problems and adapts well to almost all-growing conditions. Planted at 30 lb./acre ½ inches deep.
Planting Rate: 30 lbs. / acre.
Plant 1/2 inch deep March/April to May.

INTERSTATE SERICEA:
Improved variety of Sericea - Developed especially for roadside plantings.  Short growing variety for highway rights-of-ways.  Very attractive and helps prevent erosion on steep banks.  Grows well under low fertility conditions found along highways in Southeastern US states.
Planting Rate: 30 lbs. / acre.
Plant 1/2 inch deep March/April to May.

BICOLOR LESPEDEZA:
Available as seeds are plants.  Attractive for wildlife plantings in Southeastern USA.  Bi-color is a variety that can be sown by seed or sold as plants from Dec.-March. This plant is great for game bird cover and feed and can be planted in strips, fields, and erosion area. It makes large hedge dividers is allowed to attain full growth. It is makes good hunting road side coverage and should be mown if p [possible to promote seed growth. to keep shorten when desired. Plant at the rate of8-12 lb. Acre ¼ inches deep.
Planting Rate: 10 lbs. / acre.
Plant 1/2 inch deep on seeds March/April to May
Plant in 3 strips / 3 feet apart.  Or in rows along woods / fence rows.

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MORE ON LESPEDEZA

LESPEDEZA originated in the Orient and was brought to the US in the early 1800’s and has done very well under US conditions. Lespedeza is a perennial legume and comes in several varieties planted from seeds and plants. It comes in a variety of heights and colorings. A forage and hay cover crop in pastures and used in erosion control sites. A special variety has been developed for highway roadsides for this singular purpose. It is now being considered as a companion crop for tall fescue to help decrease the damage of Endophyte levels in pasture plantings. 

A super plant for quail and dove habitats. It supplies the cover from predators and high rates of seeds produced in the growing year. When used in wildlife plots it is best planted in short rows near other cover with area in-between to flush quail or dove from the growth. Incorporated in wilderness settings to encourage nesting sites as well. Deer and turkey are also attracted to lespedeza. Conservationists, wildlife agencies and preserves depend heavily upon this crop. Lespedeza cannot withstand much fertilization and should not be planted with crops needing high N content.

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