Sericea Lespedeza Weed
Sericea Lespedeza also known as Chinese bush clover, was introduced into the United States in the 1930's to control soil erosion and provide cover and food for wildlife. It was not recognized as a problem weed until the 1980's. Itís highly competitive and invasive nature, together with low palatability, makes it a threat on native rangeland and cool-season pastures. Sericea plants have the ability to thrive in acid soils and, drought conditions. It has few insect or disease problems.
Sericea lespedeza is a noxious weed in Kansas and may soon be a noxious weed in Missouri. The best approach to control is early detection, isolation of infected areas, and control of individual plants with approved herbicides. Normal management practices of grazing and prescribed burning will not be effective in preventing the spread of sericea.
Non-Chemical Control MethodsMowing
Chemical Control Methods
Keys to Sericea Lespedeza Management
Always check with local extension offices for the latest approved herbicide control methods.
For more information of sericea lespedeza go to Kansas State University Publications and Videos http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/library and search for MF-2408. Additional photos of sericea lespedeza http://www.psu.missouri.edu/fishel/sericea_lespedeza.htm. from University of Missouri.