Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Birdsfoot Trefoil

As a child I loved dandelions. I think all children do. They are bright and gorgeously yellow. And as a child a flower...is a flower...is a flower.

When I find that plants like Birdsfoot Trefoil are introduced European plants that may crowd out the native American species I feel the same sense of childlike disappointment. Like most non-indigenous species they are wonderfully beautiful, bright, and numerous. 

These wildflowers have been here from as early as 1597 and make great plants for cattle to munch on. They are also members of the pea family that affix nitrogen to the soil. They are still being used in agriculture so I think they are here to stay. Good thing they're so gorgeous.  

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