Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas
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Chinese lespedeza was introduced from Asia by federal and state agencies for use in bank stabilization, soil improvement, wildlife forage, hay and other purposes. It has become established throughout the U.S. and invades a wide variety of habitats including fields, prairies, pond borders, swamps, meadows, open woodlands and disturbed grounds. Once established, it out-competes native plants and develops an extensive seed bank in the soil. Lespedeza's high tannin content makes it unpalatable to native wildlife and livestock. It spreads by seed.
Prevention and Control
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(Tech. Coordinators). 2003. Invasive Plants of the Eastern U.S.:
Identification and Control. USDA Forest Service - Forest Health
Technology Enterprise Team. Morgantown, WV USA. FHTET-2003-08.