Lespedeza Identification and
Control in Turfgrass
Patrick McCullough, University of Georgia
Common lespedeza is a freely-branched summer annual legume that is a problematic weed in lawns and other turf areas. Common lespedeza, also known as Japanese clover or annual lespedeza, has three smooth, oblong leaflets with parallel veins that are nearly perpendicular to the midvein. As common lespedeza matures, the stems harden and become woody, which is attributed to persistence and competition with turfgrasses in late summer. Flowers are pink to purple and present in the leaf axils. Other lespedeza species may also be found as weeds in turf but common lespedeza is the primary species in Georgia.
This publication describes ways to identify and control lespedeza in turfgrass, including:
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Annual Bluegrass - Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org
Lespedeza – Patrick McCullough, UGA Department of Crop and Soil Science