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Greater Birds-foot Trefoil (Lotus uliginosus)

 

Greater Birds-foot Trefoil is a yellow flowering perennial, similar in appearance to Common Birds-foot Trefoil although taller with grey-green foliage. Both wild flowers bear the distinctive pale to dark yellow flowers and long cylindrical seed pods. It is also a Laval food plant for a number of British Butterflies.

Where could I find it?

Greater Birds-foot Trefoil may be found in damp grassland and amongst grasses on edge of woodland tracks and verges.

When does it flower?

Greater Birds-foot Trefoil flowers appear June – August, on long hollow stems. They provide a nectar source for long tongued insects like Butterflies, Moths and Bees in exchange for pollination. 

Greater Birds-foot Trefoil (ILotus-uliginosus) close-up on yellow flower

Greater Birds-foot Trefoil (ILotus-uliginosus) close-up on yellow flower

Greater Birds-foot Trefoil (Lotus uliginosus) yellow flowers

Greater Birds-foot Trefoil (Lotus uliginosus)

Plant Information

  • Name: Greater Birds-foot Trefoil (Lotus uliginosus)
  • Family: fabaceae (Pea Family)
  • Similar in appearence to: Common Birds-foot Trefoil
  • Flowering: June-August
  • Height: around 50-60cm
  • larval food plant: Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus), Dingy Skipper, Wood White
  • Nectar Plant to: Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue.
  • Photographed: 26th June 2012.
  • Location: South Lincolnshire
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