Lotus corniculatus

Bird's-Foot Trefoil

Stems solid, decumbent, ascending from small root. Stems and leaves hairless or with a few rigid hairs. Leaves divided pinnately to 5 leaflets, lowest 2 are stipules, 3 leaflets at stem tip. Flowers 3–8 in circle on long leafless stalk, bright yellow turning brown with age. Naturalized in disturbed soils below 3500 ft. Often planted as a pasture species.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--2 feet
  • Habitat: Disturbed, Meadow
  • Found In: Siskiyous, Near Inhabited Areas
  • Native: No