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Trefoil Lotus Corniculatus-Birds Foots 2

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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 Foots 2

Trefoil Lotus Corniculatus Birds Foot 2 . 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 
  • Plant Birdsfoot Trefoil seeds in the spring or early autumn. Choose a location with well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight exposure.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil prefers well-draining, slightly acidic to neutral soil. Ensure good soil fertility by adding organic matter like compost.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil grows well in full sun but can also tolerate partial shade.
  • Sow seeds about 1/4 inch deep directly into the soil. Allow sufficient space between plants, typically 6 to 12 inches apart.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during the germination period. Once established, it’s relatively drought-tolerant.
  • Apply a thin layer of mulch around young plants to retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Be cautious not to cover the seedlings.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil usually doesn’t require heavy feeding. A balanced fertilizer applied at planting time can support initial growth.
  • It generally doesn’t need staking but regular mowing or cutting back after flowering can maintain a tidy appearance and encourage new growth.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. Good air circulation and proper watering help prevent issues.
  • It works well in mixed wildflower meadows or as a component of pasture mixtures for livestock grazing.
  • The bright yellow flowers of Birdsfoot Trefoil attract bees and butterflies, aiding in pollination.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil is a perennial plant that persists for multiple years. Regularly mow or cut back to promote fresh growth.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil can be used as a forage plant for livestock and wildlife, providing nutritious grazing. It’s also used in erosion control and as a nitrogen-fixing cover crop.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil prefers well-draining soil but can thrive in various soil types, including poorer soils. It’s known to tolerate slightly alkaline conditions.
  • This plant is adaptable to different climates and can grow in areas with varying rainfall patterns. It’s also moderately tolerant of drought conditions once established.
  • While Birdsfoot Trefoil is drought-tolerant, occasional watering during prolonged dry periods can help maintain healthier growth.
  • Minimal fertilization is usually required. However, a light application of nitrogen fertilizer may help if the soil lacks fertility.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil’s deep root system aids in erosion control. It’s often used on slopes or in disturbed areas to stabilize the soil.
  • This plant is a nitrogen-fixing legume, contributing nitrogen to the soil, which benefits surrounding plants.
  • Regularly mowing or cutting back after flowering prevents it from becoming too woody and encourages fresh growth.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil attracts various pollinators, making it valuable for supporting local biodiversity.
  • Planting Birdsfoot Trefoil alongside other legumes or grasses in pasture mixes enhances the overall nutritional value of the grazing land.
  • It’s recognized for its high-quality forage, often used in pasture mixtures for grazing animals due to its palatability and nutritional content.
  • Allow some seed heads to mature and dry on the plant for collecting seeds, either for future planting or wildlife feed.
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil can withstand frequent cutting or grazing and tends to regrow vigorously after being cut back.


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