For the past 3 summers, I’ve stopped and taken a photograph of this pretty, yellow wildflower but always had a hard time identifying it. I just couldn’t find it in any of my wildflower books. And then…I finally found it in my Rocky Mountain Flora Book.
Birdfoot Trefoil is a perennial that grows to about 12″ tall with sprawling stems that are branched and leafy. Its flowers are leguminous and up to 1/2″ across in umbrels of 3-4 flowers.
Their secret is to look for bright, yellow flowers on a plant that resembles alfalfa.
If you walk around the lake, you can find it right off the Lake Estes Trail trail near the parking lot of the power plant. I’ve never seen its seeds but the seed of Birdfoot Trefoil is very small, dark brown, and round in shape.
I’ve always admired it’s pretty, bright, yellow flowers and now I know what it is called. Funny name, don’t you think? Maybe because the flowers resemble a bird’s foot?