Sericea Lespedeza


  • Sericea lespedeza is a perennial with erect stems up to 5 ft. tall and small hairs laying flat along the ridges on the stem.
  • The leaves, with three leaflets, are less than 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide with the larger leaflets on the lower portion of the stem.
  • The leaves are flattened on the outer end with small flat hairs on the lower surface.
  • Flowering occurs from mid or late July to October and may be tinged with purple.
  • The tannin content of sericea lespedeza increases during the growing season making it unpalatable to livestock during mid to late season grazing.

Information referenced from "Sericea Lespedeza" published by the Kansas State Board of Agriculture Plant Health Division.