Bird's-foot Trefoil

Ron Russell

Newport, United States

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This is a very common wildflower in northen Ky. Its beauty is easilly overlooked by the causal observer because of its tiny size. These were shot in Crestview Hills, KY.

Common Names: birdfoot deervetch, bird’s-foot trefoil, bloomfell, cat’s clover, crowtoes, ground honeysuckle
Native Origin: Europe
Description: A perennial, fine-stemmed, leafy legume (pea family, Fabaceae) that grows 6-24 inches in height. Erect stems are nearly square, emerge from a single root crown and have many branches that can become tangled and matted. Clover-like leaves are pinnately compound, alternate, and consist of three oval leaflets and two smaller leaflet-like stipules that grow at the base of the leaf stalk. Flowers are bright yellow, sometimes streaked with red, ½ inch long, born in flat-topped clusters of three to six at the end of stems, and bloom from June to frost. Clusters of slender brown to black seed pods are cylindrical, resemble a bird’s foot, and contain 10-20 seeds that eject when mature. The deep, branched root system has a 3-foot long taproot and secondary roots from rhizomes. It reproduces by seed, rhizomes and above ground runners that form fibrous mats.

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