Please identify this annual

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

This plant grows every year in my flower garden. I have no idea where it came from. It grows to about 5' tall, is blooming now (August/Sept.) in zone 9 and reseeds itself each year. Those are the pods it makes. If anyone can identify, please do so.

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

It looks like some sort of trefoil.
Google "birdsfoot trefoil"

This message was edited Sep 29, 2010 5:36 AM

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

I can't believe someone has a lead for me. I guess that is why I like this website so much.
Thanks ever so.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Dont start crowing yet !!!LOL
I am not an expert and have half a qualm about the height of your plant.
The Birdsfoot Trefoil that grows here is less than 20 inches.
You might try the Tre and Plant ID forum. to be sure. There are a few Boteny people over there.

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

I did look at the Birdsfoot Trefoil and the leaves do look a bit different.
I am will try the plant ID forum if I can navigate not sure.

Tuckahoe, NY

No birdsfoot trefoil here, thats a tiny plant that forms mats in the grass alongside the roads in full sun up here--same flower shape/color but way smaller. What you have is a species of Crotalaria, I would have thought spectabalis, but your plant's flowers seem to be pendant rather than on stiff upright spikes, so its some other species of Crotalaria, probably one of the many African ones.

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

I'll take a look at that in the plant files to confirm.
thanks ever so!

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