Lotus corniculatus


Common Name: Bird’s-foot Trefoil

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Fabaceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar for all bees, but particularly valuable to all Long and Short-tongued Bumblebees and solitary Bees. It is mainly pollinated by bees and is the larval food plant for a number of moth species including both six and five spot Burnet and of the common Blue Butterfly.
Flowering time: June, July, August, September.
Growing information: NATIVE PERENNIAL WILDFLOWER, long-lived and suitable for both meadows and flowery lawns (because of its tolerance of cutting and grazing). Thought to be the commonest legume forage plant of the British Isles and most wide-ranging, though is intolerant of high nitrogen levels so is knocked back on agriculturally ‘improved’ sites, and is absent only from very acid or very damp sites. Comparable with Clovers in its importance for all bees. Establishes easily from seed sown any time of year. Sowing rate: approximately 1g/m2 in sparse lawn/meadow grass (500 seeds/g)