Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) 3 plants in 7 cm pots
Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) is an attractive yellow pea-like flower, low growing and ideal for borders. There is a place for it in every garden or greenspace.. It is very easy to grow, but as it's low growing, just make sure it doesn't get shaded out by invasive grasses.
Bird's Foot trefoil serves as a foodplant for the caterpillars of many species of butterfly, being the main food plant of those of the Common Blue butterfly. The females lay their eggs on the terminal leaflets, singly rather than in clusters, and you may spot the green caterpillar feeding on the leaves during the summer months. Other butterflies that feed on the leaves as caterpillars include the Clouded Yellow, Cryptic Wood White, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Short-tailed Blue, Silver-studded Blue and Wood White, as well as caterpillars of the attractive, day-flying, black and crimson, Six-spot Burnet Moth.
Even if the blues don't make an appearance, the flowers of Bird's-foot Trefoil will still provide nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinators.
Bird'-s foot Trefoil is a perennial, so it can be purchased at any time of the year and will flower either the same or the following year. The plants are grown by us from seed sourced from a Scottish company specialising in native wild flower seeds. It can be propagated by splitting up the clumps or from seed.
You are purchasing 3 plants in 7 cm square pots, ready for repotting or planting out when conditions allow.
Ladyburn Plant Nursery has been registered, by the Scottish Government, as a Professional Operator who is authorised to issue plant passports. (These are now required for internet sales of all plants including native plants sold within the UK, not just those for those shipped abroad, as previously). Registration Number GB-S 03473.
Please note that our plants are sold purely for their biodiversity, educational and aesthetic value and should not be consumed unless you are absolutely certain of their safety.
Please note also that our nursery is located at Cupar, our St Andrews address being for correspondence only.