Birds-foot Trefoil

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Birds-foot Trefoil Seeds

Lotus Corniculatus
Eggs and Bacon, Hen and Chickens 

Widespread and found in all kinds of grassy places from lawns to downlands, roadside verges to heathlands.

Common bird's-foot-trefoil is a member of the pea family. Its yellow flowers look like little slippers and appear in small clusters. They are followed by seed pods that look distinctly like bird's feet or claws, hence the common name. A low-growing plant, its leaves have five leaflets and are downy.


Average height: up to 25cm
Aspect: Sunny position. 
Soil type: Most soil conditions, but preferably rich and free draining. 
Sowing period: Outdoors March to early May or August - September
First signs of blossom: 10 - 12 weeks
Average flowering period: 2 - 3 months
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds

Common bird's-foot-trefoil is an important foodplant for the caterpillars of the common blue, silver-studded blue and wood white butterflies; the latter two species are both classified as Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Its flowers are a good nectar source for bees.