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Bird's Foot Trefoil Seeds

SKU: AM015813
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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.
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Botanical Name
Lotus corniculatus
Seed Life Cycle
Growing Zones
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Seed Coverage
1/4 lb covers 2,177 sq ft.
1 lb covers 8,710 sq ft.
Bee Friendly, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Long Bloom Time, Naturalizes, Mass Plantings, Erosion Control, Soil Enhancing, Grows In The Lawn


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.