Kobe Lespedeza Facts
Lespedeza striate var. Kobe Kobe lespedeza seed produces an annual legume that is an excellent seed producer, providing food for quail and other upland game birds. Deer will graze
lespedeza in the summer. Kobe lespedeza is well adapted for the southern USA. Kobe lespedeza is low growing and will reach a height of around 2
feet tall, providing cover for quail and other small birds and animals. The seeds are hard and may lie on the
ground for long periods of time producing a dependable late winter food source.
Type: Warm Season Annual Legume
Origin: Eastern China, Korea, Japan
Adaptations: Wide adaptation in the lower South. Well drained, clay or
loamy soil. Tolerates acidic soil, poorer soil types.
Kobe has certainly earned a home for itself on Southern
farms, and particularly where long periods of drought occurred, for Kobe came
through the droughts where Common lespedeza was burned out. This drought
resistance is a life-saver to a farmer, and is no doubt due to the very
extensive root system and its rank growth, with larger than ordinary leaves.
Kobe usually grows to 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall.
Uses: Hay, pasture, erosion control, wild game food for deer, turkey
Benefits: Easy to establish, low maintenance. Low fertilizer and lime
Widely adaptable in the lower south. Well
drained, clay or loamy soil.
Nutrition: High quality in mid to late summer.
Planting Kobe Lespedeza Seed
- Rate: 30 lb. per acre or 1 lb.
per 1000sq. ft. plant 1/2 inch deep
- Time: February - March
- Method: Prepared seed bed broadcast
- Fertilize: 200 lbs. of 10-10-10 per acre at establishment - lime soil if pH is
- Grazing: If grown in pasture with other grasses, graze to keep grass from
shading out the Lespedeza. Allow Lespedeza to go to seed once per year to
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