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PlantFiles: Double Bird's Foot Trefoil
Lotus corniculatus 'Plenus'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lotus (LO-tus) (Info)
Species: corniculatus (korn-ee-ku-LAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Plenus

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative distantkin On Mar 15, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Considered invasive by the MN DNR
From their website....
"Ecological Threat:
Birdsfoot trefoil forms dense mats choking and shading out most other vegetation.
It grows best in the Midwest and is most problematic in prairies and disturbed open areas, such as roadsides.
Prescribed burns increase seed germination making it troublesome in native prairies.
This European species has been introduced to the U.S. and Canada for livestock forage and erosion control along roadsides. It is still sold commercially. "

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 10, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Dark green, tiny leaves form a dense tight mat. Completely covered by orange buds which open to double yellow flowers. Evergreen in warmer climates. Can withstand being walked on 3 or more times daily. Grows fast. Hardy to zone 5.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Scotia, California
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Saint Cloud, Minnesota

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