Trefoil – Birds-Foot

Lotus comiculatus

Family Pea or Bean (Fabaceae)
Bloom Spring, summer, fall
Habitat Roadsides
Status Non-Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 1-2′
Flower Yellow, pea-shaped flowers form in clusters of 3-6 at ends of stems.
Leaf Leaves are 5-part compound made up of 3-part upper clover-like leaves and 2 lower leaflets at the stalk.
Notes Fruit are long, narrow capsules or pods radiating from a central point giving the appearance of a many-toed bird’s foot. Originally introduced from Europe as a cultivated forage crop, it was widely planted for erosion control along new roads.


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