One day, I was talking with an old dairy goat farmer who grew up on a farm in North Carolina. We were talking about forages and he said, “Man, I swear, when I was a kid all the farms grew Lespedeza.”
Les-pe-what? I had never heard of it before.
With some research I learned that lespedeza is a flowering, self-seeding annual legume that is heat and drought tolerant. One old author, writing in the early 1900s, said, “Lespedeza is to the south what white clover is to the north.” Aha!
The U. of Arkansas has provided a great article on lespedeza with all the necessary details: