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wayne stephen
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Can you all help me ID this plant. It has three leaves - smooth - similar to alfalfa or sweet clover. Is succulent right now in spring but gets more woody as season progresses and then dies back in winter. I am wondering if it is worth cutting for hay- horse and goats.
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Mark Allen
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I am not sure what the name of the plant is but my Grandfather told me that his Dad planted it here in Georgia as a forage plant back in the 40's. You may be able to id the plant with a forage book or use your local county Extension agent to identify. The agent would have a Forage plant book to thumb through.
 
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Its a bit far away to get a good ID, but it looks like Lespedeza to me. They (the US agriculture people) were telling everyone to plant it back in the 40s and 50s until they realized it was invasive. Apparently it is a good forage plant for quail and pheasants, and I think wild mammals enjoy it too. I know goats sure like it.
 
wayne stephen
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Yes , Thank You. Lespedeza cuneata , chinese bushclover . I had seen this in the local reclaimed mine areas , I now know that they planted it there for bobwhite quail habitat and deer forage. I guess it makes good forage for herbivores in the green stage. I might as well get used to it , sounds like a tough bugger to get rid of . Thanks again.
 
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