Bird's Foot Trefoil Seeds

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A tough plant used as a ground cover. Makes mounds up to 2 ft, but can be mowed and still bloom. Perennial.

Zones 3 - 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-24 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
SKU LOTG
This fascinating little legume is named for the shape of its seedpod which looks like the claw foot of a bird. Introduced for agricultural uses, this wildflower is now a common roadside plant in much of the United States. If often invades lawns, and when mowed along with the grass, will bloom at heights as low as 2 inches! If left to grow on its own, it makes mounded clumps reaching up to about 2 feet, and creating an attractive groundcover. Unlike most agricultural legumes, it does not spread rapidly. However, like yarrow, Birdsfoot Trefoil is best used as a clump or specimen planting, rather than as part of a mixture. If it's used heavily in a mixture, it's so tough it tends to take over the whole meadow in a few years.
Associated SKUs
LOTG
LOTQP (1/4 Pound)
LOTLB (1 Pound)
Common Name Bird's Foot Trefoil
Botanical Name Lotus corniculatus
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 12-24 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 2,177 sq ft.
1 lb covers 8,710 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 349,266
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To Europe
Native To Europe
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada Yes

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American MeadowsBird's Foot Trefoil Seeds
 
3.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Attractive (3)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (4)
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5.0

Bird's Foot Trefoil In the Bee Yard

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from Southeastern Ohio

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Bird's Foot Trefoil Seeds:

    We noticed that honeybees were all over a patch of Bird's Foot Trefoil along the edge of our road and decided to purchase seeds to sow around the area of a meadow that we have set aside as a bee yard. The Fact that it is a lovely plant with bright yellow blooms, is hardy, can be mowed and kept tidy, bees love it made perfect sense to use this plant as part of a pollinator "garden/meadow." So far we haven't found anything negative about this plant.

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    3.0

    Worked fine as ground cover

    By 

    from Fond du Lac WI

    About Me Professional Landscaper

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Bird's Foot Trefoil Seeds:

      Groudn cover on difficult slope

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      • Business
       
      5.0

      Great coverage

      By 

      from Warwick, NY

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Easy to grow
      • Ground Cover
      • Low Maintenance
      • Reliable Growth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Erosion Control

        Comments about American Meadows Bird's Foot Trefoil Seeds:

        cleaned out a thorny area and planted birdsfoot trefoil on a slope. Came up quickly and completely covered the area.

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        1.0

        Bird's foot Trefoil

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        from Orrington, Maine

        About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

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            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Bird's Foot Trefoil Seeds:

              I purchased a 1/4 lb of seed and cast them last fall. I do not see a single plant anywhere. I would have loved to show them off had they emerged. I have a friend who simply gathered a bunch of seed from the roadside and has blooms. I am so disappointed - I go out everyday and look for them along my now unused gravel driveway,and side of the rural road I live on - nada! I ONLY HOPE the chicory does not follow suit; I will wait patiently for it. I would LOVE to try again but...........hesitate to do so[...]

               
              4.0

              Burst of color

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              from Lenoir City, TN

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Hardy
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors
                • Vacant space

                Comments about American Meadows Bird's Foot Trefoil Seeds:

                I have about 30 spices from you & I mixed them & planted them in SEP 2008, in 2009 I had a nice spate of flowers but this Spring I already have tons of plants showing.
                These are being used to fill a hill next to the house. the place is just bare. I think this year I may see more like a mini meadow. I will be planting more this Autumn.

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                3.0

                Not for shade

                By 

                from Gallatin, NY

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                Pros

                • Attractive

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Outdoors

                Comments about American Meadows Bird's Foot Trefoil Seeds:

                I bought this to mix with grass for an area under small trees with dappled light and shade. Very few plants came up. The ones I have are pretty, though.

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                • Personal

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                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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