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Lespedeza bicolor


Shrubby lespedeza

Synonym(s):
Family: Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Duration and Habit: Perennial Subshrub


Photographer: J. Miller
Source: Invasive Plants of the Eastern United States, Bugwood.org

Description

Perennial much branched, leguminous forb or ascending shrub, 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 m) in height with three-leaflet leaves, many small Purple-to-white pea flowers, and single-seeded pods from a woody rootcrown. Dormant brown plants remain upright most of the winter.

Ecological Threat: Shrubby lespedeza is an extremely aggressive invader of open areas, forming dense thickets, which displace native vegetation.

Biology & Spread:

History: Introduced from Japan as an ornamental in the late 1800s. Later programs promoted use for wildlife food and soil stabilization and improvement. Still planted for quail food plots.

U.S. Habitat: Forested and Shrubby areas.

Distribution

U.S. Nativity: Introduced to U.S.

Native Origin: N. China to Manchuria and Japan (Alfred Rehder, Manual of Cultivated Trees and Shrubs: Hardy in North America, The MacMillan Co., New York (1967)); Japan (Bailey, L.H. and E.Z. Bailey, Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada, MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York , (1977).); NatureServe Explorer

U.S. Present: AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV

Distribution:

Mapping

Invaders of Texas Map: Lespedeza bicolor
EDDMapS: Lespedeza bicolor
USDA Plants Texas County Map: Lespedeza bicolor

Resembles/Alternatives

Management

USE PESTICIDES WISELY: ALWAYS READ THE ENTIRE PESTICIDE LABEL CAREFULLY, FOLLOW ALL MIXING AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND WEAR ALL RECOMMENDED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR AND CLOTHING. CONTACT YOUR STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL PESTICIDE USE REQUIREMENTS, RESTRICTIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS. MENTION OF PESTICIDE PRODUCTS ON THIS WEB SITE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OF ANY MATERIAL.

Text References

Bugwood Network. Lespedeza bicolor. Accessed 19 August 2010 (http://www.invasive.org/search/action.cfm?q=Lespedeza%20bicolor).

Online Resources

Search Online

Google Search: Lespedeza bicolor
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NatureServe Explorer: Lespedeza bicolor
USDA Plants: Lespedeza bicolor
Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States: Lespedeza bicolor
Bugwood Network Images: Lespedeza bicolor

Last Updated: 2007-11-08 by LBJWFC
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