The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has designated sericea lespedeza as a noxious weed in the state. The declaration was made to protect the quality of the state’s agricultural and other land.
NDA Director Greg Ibach said the weed poses a threat to native ranges, pastureland and other natural areas. The weed is a perennial that grows well in grasslands, pastures, roadsides and drainage areas. It is found mainly in southeastern Nebraska and can be spread by wildlife and livestock.
Infested areas that are used for hay production accelerate the spread of the weed into new areas.
Sericea lespedeza joins a list of 11 other noxious weeds. They are Canada thistle, leafy spurge, musk thistle, plumeless thistle, purple loosestrife, spotted knapweed, diffuse knapweed, saltcedar, phragmites, Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed.
Anyone with questions should contact their local county weed control superintendent. Questions also may be directed to the NDA Noxious Weed Program manager at 402-471-6844.