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Birdsfoot Lotus

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Depending on one’s perspective, birdsfoot lotus (Lotus corniculatus) can be considered a wildflower, a valuable forage for domestic livestock and wildlife, a garden ornamental, a nectar and food source for insects, useful for erosion control – or a noxious, invasive … Continue reading

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White Sweetclover

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White sweetclover (Melilotus albus) was introduced as early as 1664 as a forage crop. Since then white sweetclover has naturalized throughout most all of North America. Also used for soil stabilization and improvement, white sweetclover has become an invasive weed … Continue reading

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Thread-leaved Locoweed

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Leonard and I maintain three tracts of up to seventeen acres each as wildlife or natural areas on our property (Modoc County CA). For over thirty years these areas have remained “untouched” and provide us with a bounty of plants … Continue reading

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A Tree For All Seasons

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Last spring I mentioned how the western redbud (Cercis occidentalis) is visually interesting throughout the year – a tree for all seasons. This legume, or member of the pea family, is a native shrub or small tree found below about … Continue reading

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Wooly Locoweed

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On a ridge above Lower Hat Creek (Shasta County CA) I found a patch of wooly locoweed (Astragalus purshii). The genus, containing a large number of species, not all of which are poisonous, is found in the Western United States and … Continue reading

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Lupine

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There are three common blue/violet wildflowers that I associate with spring – camas, larkspur and lupine. There are around a hundred species of lupine in North America. The most outstanding characteristic of lupines is their palmately compound leaves with elongated … Continue reading

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Redbud

On a recent trip to Redding CA from our home in Lookout CA, I was reminded of how altitude influences the flora and fauna. We live at 4,200 feet and one hundred miles away Redding is about 500 feet in altitude. … Continue reading

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