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Birds-foot Trefoil of the British Isles

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Birds-foot Trefoil- Lotus corniculatus Birds-foot Trefoil- Lotus corniculatus

Birds-foot Trefoil:

UK Status: Resident, and native.

Flowering Period: From May through into September.

Appx Height: Up to 35cm in height.

Habitat: This plant likes chalky, lime and light sandy soils, where it often grows in profusion. It is to be found on old established sand dunes, disused railway lines, roadside verges, canal towpaths and many other suitable places. I have found this plant to be especially common in Lincolnshire.

Comment: This plant is also called 'Eggs and Bacon', because when coming into flower the pink buds, and yellow slipper shaped flowers look like the breakfast dish. Also called 'Granny's Toenails', which doesn't exactly conjure up a nice picture in the mind. Common Birds-foot Trefoil is a common plant in areas suitable for it's growth. It is also the foodplant for caterpillars of the Common Blue, and Silver-studded Blue butterflies.

 

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