Birdsfoot Trefoil - Nitrocoated Seed

Thrives on Poor Soil

Item Number: SCL200


In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.


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Lotus corniculatus Warm-season, low-growing, perennial legume.

Well-developed taproots and resistance to high temperatures and drought, once established. Thrives on any type of soil, even in soils too poor, shallow or deficient in calcium to support Red Clover or Alfalfa.

  • Application Rate: 10-18 lbs/acre
  • Inoculant: None needed, seed is nitrocoated
  • Germination: 5-10 Days
  • Plant Height: 12-18"
  • Use: Cover crop, green manure, pasture or hay
  • Facts to Note: Surprisingly salt tolerant.

Note to Certified Organic Growers: This is conventional seed, but all seeds are coated with Nitro-Coat Organic, which is an OMRI listed coating. This coating uses all organic ingredients: the proper rhizobacteria, a Calcium Carbonate coating that is naturally water absorbing to speed seed germination, and an OMRI listed organic adhesive.


  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • California Native
  • Easily Established
  • Fixes Nitrogen
  • Good for Forage/Hay
  • Good for Weed Competition
  • Helps Control Erosion
  • Nitrocoated
  • Somewhat Drought Tolerant
  • Tolerates Mowing/Grazing
  • Tolerates Poor Drainage


Life Cycle Perennial Plant Height Low-growing, to 12", Mid-height, 13-36"
Planting Time Spring Seed Variety Single
Life Cycle Perennial
Plant Height Low-growing, to 12", Mid-height, 13-36"
Planting Time Spring
Seed Variety Single

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What You May Need

Shipping Information

Shipping Weight: 1.10 lbs. Dimensions: 8"L x 5"W x 1.5"H


great orchard understory

Bird's foot trefoil tolerates our damp acid soil well. It competes well with weedy ranunculus (buttercup) and can be cut for mulch, compost, or forage. If we cut it back for mulch in spring it reblooms well into fall here in zone 7. Bees & other beneficial insects like the blossoms. The rabbits and slugs mostly leave it alone, unlike clovers. Supposedly has a tap root as well as running roots, so cycles nutrients well. Dies back in winter, which is a good time to weed the buttercups. We have it as an understory below our blueberries and are planting more under orchard trees. Also it can be mowed and walked on so is useful in an herbal lawn.

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