Bicolor lespedeza

Discussion in '(MDC)General Wildlife Habitat Management' started by mass187, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. mass187

    mass187 Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    What's the missouri specialists opinion of bicolor lespedeza?
     
  2. OutbackBio

    OutbackBio Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2009
    Kansas City
    Here is a good plant fact sheet on bicolor. http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_lebi2.pdf

    I am not going to call myself the 'MO Specialist', just giving you take on bicolor from my experiences. I have a landowner that planted it many years ago for quail cover. It grows very quickly and thus far has not become invasive on his farm. That being said it can in some cases be invasive. The bees love it and it does provide good cover but I try and steer away from anything non-native as we have seen serious issues in the past from some introduced plant species. Depending on your needs, there are other shrubs that may work just as well or better. If you want quick growth look into False Indidgo. Other great wildlife shrubs include but not limited to wild plum, dogwoods, hazelnut, aromatic sumac, blackhaw, chokeberry, ect... The George O White state nursery is not excepting orders for seedlings. If you need more info or want to discuss, send me a U2U.
     

  3. I wouldn't recommend lespedeza bicolor. Its not considered invasive in Missouri, yet. However, in Tennessee it is an invasive species. I would strongly recommend one of the other species that wildbio has presented.