Other names: Birdfoot Deervetch, Bacon and Eggs (England), bloomfell, cat’s clover, crowtoes, ground honeysuckle
See the link below for the Connecticut Botanical Society – there’s a picture of the fruit, for which the “birdfoot” is named.
Range: It has been introduced to most of the US and Canada.
It’s considered invasive in areas of North America (US States are CA, IL, MN, MO, OR, TN, VA, WA, and WI) and Australia.
Native Habitat: Grasslands in Temperate Eurasia and North Africa.
Bloom Time: June to September
This is one of those flowers that people have probably seen all over the place, but never really looked at up close. This time of year, this flower is all over the side of the road here in the city. If you see a low-growing yellow flower spilling over curbsides, it’s probably this flower.
It is often used as forage and is widely used as food for livestock. It’s also used as a groundcover, or for erosion control. It survives close grazing, trampling, and mowing, and is often found in sandy soils. (Again, perfect plant for roadside conditions.)
The plant grows to the height of the other surrounding plants, up to about 20 inches (it can be as little as 2). This is easy to see at the side of the road – it definitely mirrors the height of whatever’s around it.
There is a double-flowered version in cultivation, and it’s wildly used in wildflower mixes is Europe.
The plant contains cyanide.
Locations in Photos:
My neighborhood roadsides
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Boothbay, ME
Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Kancamagus Highway, White Mountain National Forest, NH
Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Newington, NH
Bennington Welcome Center, Bennington, VT
Updated 2/11/18 with pictures taken since the original published date, and to update tags.