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Common Name: Korean Lespedeza
Kummerowia stipulacea is a Annual up to 0.40 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - Japan, Korea.
Waste ground and roadsides in C. and S. Japan[
]. Roadsides, grasslands, mountain slopes, stable or semi-stable sand dunes at elevations of 100--1200 metres in China[
We have very little information on this species but it should succeed as a spring-sown annual in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Easily grown in a light loam in full sun[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
]. When removing plant remains at the end of the growing season, it is best to only remove the aerial parts of the plant, leaving the roots in the ground to decay and release their nitrogen.
The whole plant is used medicinally as a diuretic, for reducing fever, and treating diarrhea[
This species is much used in N. America for soil conservation and renewing worn-out soils[
]. It is a fast-growing annual, produces a good bulk and fixes a lot of atmospheric nitrogen.
Seed - pre-soak for 24 hours in warm water and then sow late spring in situ.