Birds-foot Trefoil

Birds-foot Trefoil

Birds-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) is a perennial plant and a member of the pea family, it has yellow pea-like flowers which can be seen from May to September.

The two colours of yellow and red that can be seen in bud give the plant the names eggs and bacon and bird’s claw. The seed pods that are shaped like a bird’s foot can be seen after the flowers.

It can be found in grassy areas, and it is a valuable plant for wildlife, and the food plant for the common blue butterfly, burnet moth as well as a nectar source for bees.

Credit: Information and photo kindly supplied by Peter Dowse of Bollington, Cheshire