LOTUS corniculatus (Bird's Foot Trefoil) is a perennial flowering plant native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Bird's Foot Trefoil is a perennial plant, meaning it lives for multiple years. It belongs to the Fabaceae family, which includes legumes or pea family plants.
This plant forms low-growing clumps of foliage with spreading stems. The stems can reach a height of about 8 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm). The leaves are compound, with three leaflets that are oval or lance-shaped. The flowers are bright yellow and pea-like, arranged in clusters at the top of the stems. Each flower has five petals, with the lower petal resembling a bird's foot, which gives the plant its common name.
Bird's Foot Trefoil typically blooms from late spring to summer, generally between May and August. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions.
Bird's Foot Trefoil thrives in full sun to partial shade. It is adaptable to various soil types, including well-draining sandy or loamy soils. It can tolerate poorer soils and is often found growing in dry or disturbed areas. It is a hardy plant that can withstand drought conditions.
Bird's Foot Trefoil is a versatile and beneficial plant that adds beauty, supports pollinators, and has ecological significance. It is relatively easy to grow and brings a touch of yellow to gardens or natural landscapes.
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Scientific Name: Lotus Corniculatus
Common Name: Bird's Foot Trefoil
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Europe and Asia
Spread: up to 20 "
Habitat: Meadows and Fields
Zone: 4 to 9
Exposure: Full or Partial sun
Blooming Season: Early to Mid-summer
Attracts: Insects and Butterflies
Flower Shape: Slipper Shaped in Side View
Flower Color: Yellow and Orange
Water Requirement: Medium, Average Water
Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Graze for cattle, Garden Ornamental, Ground Cover, Naturalize Garden