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Bird's-foot Trefoil

Lotus corniculatus

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Deep yellow pea-like flowers, often orange or tinged red, 2-7 in a head.
Fruit:
A straight, narrow brown seed pod (legume), up to 3mm long.
Leaves:
The leaves are alternate and stalkless. They are compound leaves with 2 or more leaflets. The leaflets are not toothed and are bluntly pointed.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of this plant are poisonous. It contains hydrogen cyanide. The seeds are said to be edible but caution is advised because of its toxicity.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
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.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, lawns, meadows, moorland, riverbanks, roadsides, rocks, wasteland, wetland.