Marion Lespedeza

Lespedeza striate (Marion Lespedeza)

Lespedeza striate 'Marion'(Legumes)

Marion Lespedeza is a tough forage plant that only has to be planted once, thrives on poor soil, stands up to hot summers and is high in nutrient value. Marion Lespedeza is resistant to bacterial wilt and tar spot. This is a fine-stemmed, high-producing pasture type (not upright growth) that matures early enough to produce seed throughout the state. Marion retains its leaves late into the seasonMarion Lespedeza is an excellent seed producer for quail and other upland game birds. Deer graze it in the summer.

Excellent seed production
Favored by quail and upland birds
Seed persists well into winter

Height

24-30 Inches

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Spread

18-24 Inches

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Interesting Notes

Marion Lespedeza's greatest potential seems to be in combination with grasses for grazing. It is often grown with Tall Fescue, not necessarily to boost yields, but to produce grazeable forage during the summer dry period. It also does well as a companion plant grown with Orchard Grass and to some extent Bermuda Grass

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Game Mammals
Songbirds
Attributes
Naturalizing
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Exposure
Sun
Other Characteristics
Easy-to-establish
Cattle Forage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
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