Deerweed is a deciduous
plant of the genus/species lotus scoparius
, in the family fabaceae
, which is the pea
Deerweed generally blooms from March until August, but may bloom all year round. Deerweed flowers bloom yellow, and make the transition to orange with time. In hot summers, deerweed drops its leaves. It grows up to a metre high, and tends to flourish on dry slopes, beside roads, and on dry beaches, or in places where there have been fires.
Deerweed processes stores of nitrogen that are used to regenerate after fire may wipe out an entire plant habitat. It is consequently used by humans to revegetate a given area. Geographically, much of the deerweed population can be found in California, USA.