Lespedeza

IMG_7648Here’s another plant whose identification escaped me for years.  Lespedeza is a woody stemmed plant that we’ve only recently come to realize its potential:  it is a high-tannin forage that has been scientifically proven to reduce parasite loads in sheep and goats, and has the potential to offer natural control of coccidiosis.

As owners of a small herd of dairy goats, and advocates of herbal/homeopathic treatments, we are always on the lookout for natural solutions for health issues. Intestinal worms in our goats has been exceedingly challenging for us to control naturally, but this “new” find – growing right under our noses – might just prove to be a viable alternative to resorting to a manufactured, pharmaceutical oral wormer.

It’s easy for me to locate now that I realize that all those tall brown dead-looking stalks, shown in the picture on the left, represent where lespedeza was growing last year. Now, all we have to do is make sure that our goats have access to plenty of it…perhaps another fencing expansion product is on the horizon…