Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil – Lotus corniculatus

The bright yellow or orange flowers of this plant certainly catch the eye. The buds are reddish-orange before opening up yellow. The leaves are pinnate and consist of five leaflets, although initially appearing trifoliate.The fruit are slender pods shaped like a bird’s foot. Plant height 5 to 30cm. Flower size 1 to 1.6cm long.

It flowers June to September. Found in grassy fields, pastures, embankments, scrub and verges. A common and widespread species.