A native wildflower, Common Birds-foot Trefoil with small distinctive yellow to orange petalled flowers, is low growing and often be found amongst the grasses on woodland rides, roadside verges and in grazed meadows.
Flowering from May to September, the bright yellow flowers attract butterflies, moths and other insects, after flowering seed pods develop appear in the shape of a birds foot.
- Family: fabaceae (Pea Family)
- Flower type: 5 lobed, papilionaceous
- Flowering: May-October
- Height: around 40cm
- larval food plant: Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus), Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi), Dingy Skipper Butterfly (Erynnis tages)
- Nectar Plant to: Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue.
- Photographed: 17th July 2010.
- Location: Barnack Hills and Holes.