Birdsfoot Trefoil


Common Name: Birdsfoot Trefoil

Scientific Name: Lotus corniculatus

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Approximate number of seeds per gram (ounce) : 770 (21,000)

Sun: full sun

Water: keep soil moderately moist during germination, will adapt to variety of conditions

Soil:  sow 1/4 inch deep in well drained soil, tolerates a wide range of soils

Temperature: 20 to 26 degrees Celsius (68 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit)

Spacing: 5 pounds per acre

Germination Time: three to four weeks


Native to Europe, Birdsfoot Trefoil produces clusters of yellow flowers and is sometimes grown as forage.  Seed germination benefits from scarification.  Birdsfoot Trefoil can be invasive.

 

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