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Lespedeza cuneata
Synonyms: L. juncea sericea; L. sericea

Common Name(s): Sericea lespedeza
Family: Fabaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Invasiveness: Noxious weed:KS
Growing Days: 120 to 240 (days)
Temperature:
Abs.Max=97° (F)    Opt.Max=79° (F)
Opt.Min=61° (F)    Abs.Min=43° (F)
Precipitation: 30 to 65 (in.)
Winter Minimum: -13° (F)
Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5
Soil Texture/Type: All; poor clay, silt, or silt-loams
Soil Drainage: Well to Excessive
Photoperiod Response: Long day, short day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Bright to cloud
Comments:
Cold tolerant and endures extreme droughts after it is established.The only perennial lespedza that is commercially grown. Grows in mid latitudes of the US. from the Atlantic Coast to Texas, north to the Ohio River.
Diseases:
Anthrachose, Rust, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora, Powdery Mildew
Uses:
Animal Food - forage, Environ. - erosion control, Animal Food - fodder, Weed - possible seed contam.
Woodiness:
Herbaceous
Climate:
Subtropical-humid, tropical-rainy, temperate-continental
Geographical Origin:
China, Eastern Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Australia, Malesia
 
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