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Bird's Foot Trefoil

Bird's Foot Trefoil

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Bird's-Foot Trefoil
Lotus corniculatus

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Blooming in the summer, the flowers of 'Bird's-Foot Trefoil' are bright yellow, occasionally with red tinges. A low growing plant, the grow from twelve to twenty-four inches tall, and prefer sunny, dry locations.

Its Latin name "corniculatus" means "little crow" and refers to the leaf shape. It was originally introduced into the United States from Europe and has readily naturalized here. 'Bird's-Foot Trefoil' is often used in meadows as a forage crop for quail, dove, ducks, rabbits and deer who eat the foliage and seed. It can be used in pastures for cattle as well.

As a perennial legume, stands of the plant can survive as long as thirty years under the right conditions! USDA zones 5-8. Each packet contains 0.5 gram, which is approximately 200 seeds.
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Planting Instructions:

Bird’s-foot Trefoil likes moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sunny locations.

Directly sow in spring or fall, or indoors. Lightly cover the seed, keeping moist until plants emerge. Water as needed once established.

The flowers are bright yellow with red tinges. They bloom in the summer. A low growing plant between twelve to twenty four inches tall.

The Latin name "corniculatus" means "little crow" and refers to the leaf shape.

It was introduced from Europe and has readily naturalized.