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Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) or ‘Granny’s Toenails’

This distinctive egg-yolk yellow member of the pea family can be found in our swale and on the edge of our wildlife buffer zones around our hedges and young trees. The common name for this flower comes from the seed pods which resemble talons. As this species flowers from May to September you have plenty of time to admire this wildflower and the wide array of butterfly and bee it supports.
By Tom Cowley

Fun fact; This flower has many interesting colloquial names including ‘Butter and Eggs’ and the more memorable ‘Granny’s Toenails’.

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