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Bird's-foot Trefoil

Lotus corniculatus

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Also in this family:
Alpine Milk-vetch, Alsike Clover, Birdsfoot, Birdsfoot Clover, Bithynian Vetch, Bitter Vetchling, Black Broom, Black Medick, Bladder Senna, Broad Bean, Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea, Bur Medick, Burrowing Clover, Bush Vetch, Clustered Clover, Common Broom, Common Gorse, Common Laburnum, Common Restharrow, Common Vetch, Crown Vetch, Dragon's Teeth, Dwarf Gorse, Dyer's Greenweed, False Acacia, Fine-leaved Vetch, Fodder Vetch, Fyfield Pea, Garden Lupin, Garden Pea, Goat's Rue, Grass Vetchling, Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil, Hairy Bird's-foot Trefoil, Hairy Greenweed, Hairy Tare, Hairy Vetchling, Hairy-fruited Broom, Haresfoot Clover, Hop Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch, Hungarian Vetch, Kidney Vetch, Knotted Clover, Large Trefoil, Lesser Trefoil, Long-headed Clover, Lucerne, Marsh Pea, Meadow Vetchling, Narrow-leaved Bird's-foot Trefoil, Narrow-leaved Everlasting Pea, Narrow-leaved Vetch, Nootka Lupin, Norfolk Everlasting Pea, Orange Birdsfoot, Petty Whin, Purple Milk-vetch, Purple Oxytropis, Red Clover, Reversed Clover, Ribbed Melilot, Rough Clover, Russell Lupin, Sainfoin, Scorpion Senna, Scottish Laburnum, Sea Clover, Sea Pea, Sickle Medick, Slender Bird's-foot Trefoil, Slender Tare, Slender Trefoil, Small Melilot, Small Restharrow, Smooth Tare, Spanish Broom, Spanish Gorse, Spiny Restharrow, Spotted Medick, Spring Vetch, Strawberry Clover, Suffocated Clover, Sulphur Clover, Tall Melilot, Toothed Medick, Tree Lupin, Tufted Vetch, Twin-headed Clover, Two-flowered Everlasting Pea, Upright Clover, Upright Vetch, Western Clover, Western Gorse, White Broom, White Clover, White Lupin, White Melilot, Wild Liquorice, Wood Vetch, Yellow Oxytropis, Yellow Vetch, Yellow Vetchling, Zigzag Clover
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Farmland, grassland, lawns, meadows, moorland, riverbanks, roadsides, rocks, wasteland, wetland.

Yellow, 5 petals
Deep yellow pea-like flowers, often orange or tinged red, 2-7 in a head.
A straight, narrow brown seed pod (legume), up to 3mm long.
The leaves are alternate and stalkless. They are compound leaves with 2 or more leaflets. The leaflets are not toothed and are bluntly pointed.
Flowers are fragrant.
Other Names:
Bacon and Eggs, Birdfoot Deervetch, Bloomfell, Boots-and-Shoes, Butter and Eggs, Cat Cluke, Cat-poddish, Cat's Clover, Cheesecake, Common Bird's-foot Trefoil, Common Trefoil, Crowtoes, Cuckoo's Stockings, Devil's Claws, Devil's Fingers, Dutchman's Clogs, Eggs and Bacon, Fingers and Thumbs, Garden Bird's-foot Trefoil, God Almighty's Flowers, God Almighty's Thumbs and Fingers, Golden Slippers, Granny's Toenails, Ground Honeysuckle, Ham and Eggs, Hen and Chickens, Jack Jump About, Kitty Two-shoes, Lady's Boots, Lady's Fingers, Lady's Fingers and Thumbs, Lady's Glove, Lady's Shoes and Stockings, Lady's Slipper, Lamb's Sucklings, Lamb's Toe, Milkmaid, Our Lady's Cushion, Patten and Clogs, Pig's Pettitoes, Sheepfoot, Tom Thumb, Venus's Shoe.
Frequency (UK):

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