Wild Flower Web
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Yellow pea-like flowers which grow in clusters, sometimes orange and very occasionally red. Each flower has a hairy calyx which contains the sepals, making it look woolly. Flowerheads are very attractive to insects such as bees.
Roundish, hairy pea-like pods, reaching a length of 4mm. The pods each contain a single seed.
The leaves are alternate along the stems. Small stipules present. The leaves can be stalked, or stalkless. They are compound leaves, made up of 1 to 5 pairs of leaflets. The terminal leaflet is usually the largest. The oval to linear leaflets are sparsely hairy. Not toothed.
The flower heads can be dried and used as a substitute for tea.
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.
Butter Fingers, Double Pincushion, Fingers and Thumbs, Lady's Fingers, Lamb's Foot, Lambs Toes, Woundwort.
Grassland, meadows, mountains, riverbanks, roadsides, rocks, sea cliffs, seaside, waterside.