Lespedeza cuneata (Dumont) G. Don

Lespedeza cuneata plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Lespedeza cuneata stemStem.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Lespedeza cuneata leaf

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Lespedeza cuneata inflorescenceInflorescence.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Lespedeza cuneata flower

Flowering - August - October.

Habitat - Fields, pastures, waste ground, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Asia.

Other info. - This aggressive weed can be found throughout Missouri growing in the habitats mentioned above. Any traveler driving along a major highway or roadway can see large stands of this plant along the roadside. It was first collected wild in the state in 1938 by Steyermark. The plant was introduced as erosion control, food for cattle and wildlife, and shelter for small animals. This species is very drought resistant and thrives on neglect. Unfortunately, there is no effective control for the plant at this time.
L. cuneata is easy to ID in the field because of its sericeous stems and small white flowers, which have two purple splotches at the base of the standard.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 9-18-02.