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Bellwort (Large Bellwort)

Uvularia grandiflora
A common spring wildflower found in forests nearly statewide, bellwort has bell-shaped flowers that droop downward. The yellow petals sometimes look twisted, almost wilted.

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Bird's-Foot Violet (Lavender Form)

Bird’s-foot violet, named for its deeply lobed leaves, has two color phases: either all 5 petals are pale lilac or lavender, as pictured here, or the upper 2 petals are deep, velvety purple with the 3 lower petals pale lilac to lavender. The center of the united stamens is always deep orange. This wildflower blooms April-June.

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Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

The flowers of bird's-foot trefoil grow in umbels, at the tips of the stalks, and have the typical configuration of pea flowers. This plant blooms May–September.

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Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil forms low patches of bright yellow flowers along roadsides, having been planted to stabilize soil after road construction. Up close, it clearly has pea flowers. The leaves are trifoliate, with two leafy stipules at the base of each.

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Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil produces its bright golden yellow flowers from May to September. A native of Europe, it has a worldwide distribution. It is used as a low-growing groundcover, soil stabilizer, and forage and cover crop.

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Bird’s-Foot Trefoil

Lotus corniculatus
Bird’s-foot trefoil forms low patches of bright yellow flowers along roadsides, having been planted to stabilize soil after road construction. Up close, it clearly has pea flowers. The leaves are cloverlike, with two leafy stipules at the base of each.

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Bird’s-Foot Violet

Viola pedata
Also called "pansy violet" and "hens and roosters," this spring wildflower can make a glade or bluff top heavenly with its pretty lavender and purple "faces." When you see your first big colony of bird's-foot violets, you will probably never forget it.

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Bird’s-Foot Violet (Purple and Lavender Form)

One of the color variations of bird’s-foot violet has 2 deep purple petals on top, and 3 lavender petals below. Also called “pansy violet” and “hens and roosters,” this spring wildflower can make a glade or bluff top heavenly with its pretty lavender and purple “faces.” When you see your first big colony of bird’s-foot violets, you will probably never forget it.

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Black Medick

Medicago lupulina
The small, cloverlike flowering heads and trifoliate leaves of black medick are clues that this plant is in the Fabaceae, the bean or pea family. An introduced, weedy species, it is closely related to alfalfa.

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Black Medick

Black medick occurs in fields, lawns, waste places, and along roads and railroads. A native of Eurasia and Africa, it was introduced and has naturalized across much of North America. It is a nutritious but low-yielding legume for grazing animals and is not much planted in our area.

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