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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

29. Bird's-foot Trefoil
(Lotus corniculatus L.)

29. Bird's-foot Trefoil

On the open common and amongst the turf of cliff tops this little plant provides bright patches of colour throughout the summer. The popular name Trefoil is misleading, for the leaf is divided into five, not three, leaflets. The stems are branching, usually prostrate, and up to about a foot in length. The pea-shaped flowers grow in heads of from two to six. They are yellow, tinted or tipped with red.