name that weed

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by bonnie lass, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. bonnie lass

    bonnie lass Semper Fi

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    I have a new weed in my yard and I think it is beautiful :baby04: I don't know if this will be hard for you to guess or not, but I myself have never seen or heard of this one (but I'm no expert ;)). If it appears to be too hard, I will drop some hints.
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  2. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

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    Looks like Birdsfoot Trefoil, a leguminous pasture plant. There is lots of it growing on the north side where it was planted years ago and had spread to compete with parts of the lawn. The small yellow flowers are really quite attractive for a ground cover.
     

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  4. bonnie lass

    bonnie lass Semper Fi

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    Moonwolf, you're batting 1000, birdsfoot trefoil it is :clap: lotus corniculatus. When I first saw it I thought it looked like an orchid, but now that I know it is a member of the pea family, I can see the resemblance.
     
  5. bonnie lass

    bonnie lass Semper Fi

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    Jesducky, it is low growing, maybe 4 to 6 inches high.
     
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    moonwolf Well-Known Member

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    :bow: I'm trying to make up for the few I've missed.

    Yes, trefoil forms tiny seed pods, like miniature pea pods.
    Around here by this time of year it's about 18" tall, but it looks exactly as the picture.