Sericea Lespedeza Seed (Hulled) - Sericea Lespedeza is a perennial upright forb reaching 3 to 6 feet in height. Serecea lespedeza leaves are alternate and composed of numerous 3 leaflet clusters. The small leaves are usually green with white beneath. The stem is gray-green. The white flowers are composed of 1 to 3 pea-like flowers and appear from July to September. Clustered legume pods are scattered around the stem, contain one seed, and mature from October to March. Not legal for use in Kansas or Colorado.
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Type: Warm Season Perennial Legume
Origin: South Asia, China, Korea
Adaptations: Wide range of adaptations in soil type of the Southeastern US and Midwest. Prefers clay or loamy soil. Tolerates low fertility and acidic soils.
Uses: Hay, pasture, erosion control, wild game food for upland game birds.
Benefits: Easy to establish, low maintenance.
Nutrition: Good quality when young, but declines in late summer as it matures. Seeds are excellent fall and winter food for upland game birds i.e. quail and turkey.
Seed Rate: 30-40 lbs. per acre or 1 lb. per 1000 sq. ft.
Seed Depth: 1/2 inch
Planting Time: March - May
Fertilizer: 200 lbs. of 10-10-10 at establishment - no specific time requirement
Grazing: Begin grazing or harvest when plants are 15 to 24“ tall. Leave 4“ stubble height. High tannin levels reduce consumption as a pasture. Tannin levels drop if harvested for hay. Has coarser stems compared to Serala Lespedeza, making it lower in quality as a pasture plant.