Lespedeza

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Lespedeza is commonly used for pasture, hay, soil conservation and wildlife. A warm season legume for grazing and hay production. It’s common characteristics include drought tolerance, being a non-bloating legume and a significant seed producer.

Description

Lespedeza is commonly used for pasture, hay, soil conservation and wildlife. A warm season legume for grazing and hay production. It’s common characteristics include drought tolerance, being a non-bloating legume and a significant seed producer.  The densely leaved, coarse stems are single or clustered with numerous branches, and new growth each year originates from buds located on the stem bases or crown about 0.2 – 0.7 cm below ground level.

Leaves are trifoliate and attached by short petioles. Leaves are club or wedge-shaped, with a round to flat top and a conspicuous point at the tip. The lower leaf surface has silky hairs.

Flowers are yellowish-white with purple to pink markings and appear from mid-July to early October. The flowers occur in clusters of one to three in the upper leaf axils, and are fused at the base. Seeds are hard, and tan or greenish in colour.

 

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