Lespedeza cuneata (Dumont) G. Don
Family - Fabaceae
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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.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 9-18-02.