(Lotus scoparius)
Deerweed on the dunes at Crissy Field.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: From the Greek "lotos," a term for clover-like plants.

Presidio Locations: Found throughout the dunes on sandy flats and brushy hills, particularly at Crissy Fiels and Lobos Creek dunes.

Range In State: California coast. The Presidio is the type locality for this species.

Description: This perennial native species of the Pea Family has small yellow flowers and is often shrubby. The stems are robust and the plant forms prostrate mats. The leaflets are well-spaced and are found in groups of three. Blooms June to August.

Native Californian Uses: The Ohlone used the fiberous foliage as building material for house thatching and as a decoction for coughs.

Wildflowers main page

Last updated: February 28, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Fort Mason, Bldg. 201
San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-4323
Phone is answered daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Leave a message otherwise and we will get back to you.

Contact Us