Thursday, July 26, 2007

Bird's Foot Trefoil

Birds-Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

This wildflower found in Minnesota and Wisconsin is a non-native plant brought in from Europe. It was originally used for erosion control along roads. The names is derived from the appearance of the seedpods, which together look like a bird's foot. Butterflies love the plant for its nectar.

  • Family: Pea or Bean

  • Leaf: 5-part compound leaf of 3-part upper clover like leafs

  • Bloom: Spring, summer, fall

  • Cycle: Perennial

  • Height: 6-24"

  • Flower: very yellow, one half inch long, clustered

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