A showy annual legume (member of the Bean Family) with beautiful featherlike leaves and simple bright yellow flowers all summer and into fall. The fruit is a small flat pod 1-2 1/2 inches long turning from green to brown when mature. Seeds are eaten by quail and many other birds. A host plant for cloudless sulfur butterflies. Often found in disturbed areas. Grows well on poor ground.
Header Photo: Mervin Wallace
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