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Lotus corniculatus seed

The common name of this familiar plant is a useful guide to its identification. Birdsfoot refers to the radiating seed pods that are said to look like bird’s feet whilst trefoil describes the leaf which is divided into three leaflets. Its other name of Eggs and Bacon is also descriptive as the mature Flower is usually the colour of egg yolk whilst the bud is often red.

Establishes relatively easily from seed sown any time of the year. If it is important to have the maximum germination rate in the shortest period of time you could try a light scarification.

This plant is a grassland perennial. This plant is part of the legume family so does well on soils with low nitrogen levels. The flowers are yellow with red buds. The seed pods are said to look like birds feet. It attracts loads of insect.

It is easily grown from seed, to get the best germination a period of light scarification is beneficial

British Wild Flower

Lotus corniculatus

Birdsfoot Trefoil