Birdsfoot Trefoil

Birdsfoot Trefoil is a broadleaf weed that grows low to the ground.  This weed has small leaves that are about the size of a pea.  The leaves grow alternating on the stem of the plant.  This weed produces small yellow flowers which appear in the spring all the way through summer.  This plant reproduces by seed, but it can also can spread by rhizomes and stolons.  This weed grows in dense patches which spread in turf areas.  This weed can tolerate most types of soil and moisture conditions.  It can commonly be found thriving in drought conditions as well.

Birdsfoot Trefoil Plant

Birdsfoot Trefoil Yellow Flowers

Birdsfoot Trefoil Yellow Flower

Birdsfoot Trefoil

Lotus Corniculatus 


Treat this plant with a selective broadleaf herbicide when the plant is actively growing.

Similar broadleaf weeds.

  • Black Medic
  • Large Hop Clover

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