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Lotus corniculatus

Common Name(s): Birdsfoot trefoil
Family: Fabaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Growing Days: 90 to 270 (days)
Abs.Max=86° (F)    Opt.Max=77° (F)
Opt.Min=59° (F)    Abs.Min=37° (F)
Precipitation: 24 to 60 (in.)
Winter Minimum: -27° (F)
Soil pH: 6 to 7.5
Soil Texture/Type: Medium fine; Thrives on rich soils or loams
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Bright to cloud
Smooth plants. Wide range of soils, not particularly drought resistant. Grown in New York and Penn. Popular in pastures in northern Illinois.
Sclerotinia, Anthrachose, Rust, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora, Powdery Mildew
Honey - , Animal Food - fodder, Poison - mammals
Subtropical-dry summe, tropical-rainy, boreal, temperate, steppe and semi-arid
Geographical Origin:
Eastern Tropical Africa, Northern Africa, Asia Temp, Indian Subcontinent, Europe

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