A perennial herbaceous plant, similar in appearance to clover.
Common name : Common bird's-foot trefoil
Scientific name : Lotus corniculatus L.
Family : Fabaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Rough 'n tough
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Sowing & planting
10 - 40
6 - 7
Identify my common bird's-foot trefoil
The Common bird's-foot trefoil is an herbaceous perennial of the family Fabaceae measuring from 10 to 40 cm high, which blooms from May to October.
The leaves are alternate, compound, with three leaflets.
The flowers are yellow, grouped in umbels.
Sow my common bird's-foot trefoil
Sow the birdsfoot in spring, between March and June. Finely prepare the site with a light digging, a clawing to break the clods and a raking to push the coarsest elements on the edges.
In pots, sow in a mixture of sand, loam and compost.
In open soil, choose a sunny site in rich soil, fresh and draining, rather calcareous. Sow on a line or on a surface, then rake to lightly cover the seeds. Tamp with a board or the flat of your hand and water every day for a week, in fine rain.
Plant my common bird's-foot trefoil
Common bird's-foot trefoil support dry, well-drained soil and appreciate limestone.
Dip the clumps in a tray filled with water to moisten them well. Plant them when the water is no longer flowing out of the bucket.
Prepare the soil: make holes, leaving a spacing of 20 to 30 cm per foot, and mix the soil with fibrous compost and sand. Put the plants in there. Fill with soil and tamp gently to avoid leaving air around the roots, then water.
Weed my common bird's-foot trefoil
In perennial species, weeding also means working your flowerbed – don't let anything develop too quickly to the detriment of others.
Water my common bird's-foot trefoil
In the first week after sowing, water every evening in fine mist, then keep watering every 3 days for the following weeks. Finally, water once a week in the summertime if it is very dry, in the morning if you can.
Propagate my common bird's-foot trefoil
It should not be necessary: if they are at a location that they like they multiply quite efficiently without outside help!