Environmental Impact Research Program. Bicolor Lespedeza (Lespedeza Bicolor) . Section 7.3.2, US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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A report on bicolor lespedeza Lespedeza bicolor is provided as Section 7.3.2 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report contains information that would be needed by the Corps District or project biologist for establishing bicolor food plots on project lands. Major topics include plant description, distribution, habitat requirements, wildlife value, establishment, and maintenance. Bicolor lespedeza is an imported perennial legume planted as supplemental food for northern bobwhite Colinus virginianus in the southeastern United States. In this report the characteristics of bicolor are described and its naturalized range is graphically illustrated. Soil and shade requirements are given, and the food value to bobwhite is discussed. Establishment of food plots is outlined in detail and includes site selection and preparation, propagule selection, and methods used to plant both seeds and seedlings. Other species of lespedeza are suggested for planting with bicolor because of its 2-year maturation period. Proper management of bicolor plots is described, and a few cautions in their use are pointed out.
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