Sericia lespedeza was a very popular warm season perennial hay crop up into the 1950s. It is very tolerant of acidic soils and low fertility. It is still used today for roadside conservations projects, hay and grazing; but has been largely replaced by bermudagrass as a hay crop- due largely to improved yielding hybrid bermudagrass varieties and cheap post WW II fertilizer prices.
Sericia has recently been discovered to have natural deworming properties in sheep and goats due mainly to condensed tannins it produces naturally. Some seed are still produced in the region and most of these seed were being exported to Far East.
Today, Clemson Extension agents continue to provide a wide variety of research-based information to the people of South Carolina. Agents are located in all 46 counties and at the University's five Research and Education Centers.
For more information on forages, visit: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/livestock/index.html