What flower is that?

Birdsfoot -trefoil plantBirdsfoot-trefoilBirdsfoot-trefoil seeds
Photos: ©David G. Smith, http://www.delawarewildflowers.org

Our mystery plant for this month is a yellow-flowered perennial with compound leaves of 5 leaflets. The flowers are umbel-like on long peduncles.  The 5-8 fruits are pod shaped, about 1-1.5 inches long and give this plant its common name. This plant blooms from June to September. It grows in various habitats such as waste places and along powerlines.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Lotus corniculatus
Common Name:
  Birdsfoot-trefoil
Family:
  Fabaceae (Bean Family)
Habitat:
  Disturbed open areas

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