Bird’s-foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) is a member of the pea and bean family.  It is a common plant found in grassy areas throughout Britain, and has a variable appearance with some plants tall and erect, while others are more sprawling.  The flowers, which appear from May to September, are yellow with red or orange streaks. 
The plant derives its name from the appearance of its seed pods which look like a bird’s foot.
Many species of insects use the flowers as a source of food, and it is the larval food plant of several species of butterfly and moth including the common blue butterfly and five-spot burnet moth.
It is widespread in Tilgate Park and can be found in the wildlife garden in the walled garden, as well as the car park bank and many other areas.


  1. My grandmother (Nancy) used to refer to this plant as ‘eggs and bacon’ because of its yellow and red colouring. It could just be a Bedforshire reference though.

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