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Pest Information

Creeping Lespedeza

Creeping Lespedeza

  • Latin Name: Lespedeza Repens
  • Common Name: Creeping Lespedeza
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Creeping Lespedeza
Creeping Lespedeza
Creeping Lespedeza

Origin:

Native to North America, and found throughout the eastern United States from Texas north to Wisconsin, and east along the entire east coast.

Biology:

A prostrate and creeping perennial that can be common in disturbed areas of sandy soils, along roadsides, edges of woodlands, and in poorly maintained turf. Reproduction is from seeds, and plants also spread by setting roots from nodes on the creeping stems.

Identification:

Stems are reddish and thin, and trail along the ground. They are sparsely covered with short hairs. Leaves are distinctly heart shaped and alternate along the stems, with a leaf-like pair of sepals clasping the stem a the base of each leaf. Flowers are white to pink to yellowish, and arise singly on long stalks from the axils of the leaves. The developing seed pod is narrow and elongate, and a reddish brown color.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

A systemic herbicide may be needed to control all the parts of this plant, due to its ability to grow from severed roots. Maintaining healthy stands of turf will discourage the growth of the weed in lawns.

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