Trefoil Lotus Corniculatus – Birds Foot

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A native British flower, Lotus corniculatus is widespread and found growing as a flat, cushion up to 6in high.  It has woody, spreading stems, with small trefoil leaves, and flat clusters of bright yellow pea-flowers streaked with red in summer and autumn.

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Trefoil Lotus Corniculatus Birds Foot

Trefoil Lotus Corniculatus Birds Foot. A native British flower, Lotus corniculatus is widespread and found growing as a flat, cushion up to 6in high.  It has woody, spreading stems, with small trefoil leaves, and flat clusters of bright yellow pea-flowers streaked with red in summer and autumn. The thin seed pods from these are said to look like a bird’s foot, hence the name. The plants thrive best in thin poor soil in full to part sun.

 Cultivation Advice Trefoil Lotus Corniculatus Birds Foot

  • Sow from early spring to late summer.
  • The seed has a tough coating which benefits from scarification.  You soak the seed overnight or line a jar with sandpaper and shake to scratch the seeds.
  • The seed can be tray sown but best direct to the growing location which should be lightly raked and weed free.
  • The seed is slow to germinate and slow to develop at first, therefore sow thickly to avoid being overwhelmed by other faster growing weeds.
  • Lightly damp down the soil and rake in after sowing.
  • Germination will take between 2-4 weeks dependant on conditions.
  • The plants will readily re-seed once established.