Sericea lespedeza is primarily a threat to open areas such as meadows, prairies, open woodlands, wetland borders and fields. Once it gains a foothold, it can crowd out native plants and develop an extensive seed bank in the soil, ensuring its long residence at a site. Established dense stands of lespedeza suppress native flora and its high tannin content makes it unpalatable to native wildlife as well as livestock. Note – do not buy, sell, or plant Sericea lespedeza.
Sericea lespedeza has been reported in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) database in the following 9 Indiana counties: Crawford, Fountain, Jackson, Montgomery, Parke, Spencer, Sullivan, Switzerland, and Vigo.