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Golden Bean

Thermopsis rhombifolia
Photo by www.agr.gov.sk.ca

Habitat: Grassy hillsides, roadsides, ditches, or in exposed places.

Description: Has alternate, compound leaves with 3 leaflets, but it also has stipules, that look like leaves that have no stem, and clasp the main stem.  Bluish green in color, smooth, or with little hair.   Flowers short, crowded into clusters.  Flowers are 1-2cm long, bright yellow color, with small black lines in the centre.

Size: 15-40cm tall.

Fun Facts: It is also called the Buffalo Bean.  It was named the Buffalo Bean by Blackfoot because this flower bloomed as the buffalo moved to their summer grazing grounds.

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing.

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Western Meadowlark
Sturnella neglecta

Bright yellow belly with a black V. Has white outer tail feathers that can be hidden, a slender bill, and dark stripes on the head.  Male and Female birds have similar coloring.

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