Birdsfoot trefoil Lotus corniculatus

Also known as: lady's slipper, Tom Thumb, eggs and bacon, etc.

Best time to see: May to Sep

Key facts

A low-growing grassland plant with yellow flowers, often tinged orange or red, with seed heads resembling a bird's foot

Widespread and common in any short, rough grassland, tolerating close grazing such as by rabbits


Yellow, sometimes red-tinged, pea (i.e 5-petalled, winged) flowers, up to 7 in a head, 10–16 mm

Leaves appear trefoil but with an extra pair of leaflets bent back

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton