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Bird’s Foot Trefoil Seeds - Lotus corniculatus - Wildflower

Type: Perennial Wildflower
Approximate height: Up to 35 cm
Flowering Time: Late spring to early autumn
Site and soil type: Well-drained soil in sun
When to sow: Spring, summer, early autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or under cover, into trays, modules or pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 150 seeds / 0.3 g

Bird's Foot Trefoil is a hardy wildflower with yellow pea type flowers and red tinged buds which is also known as Eggs and Bacon, Butter-jags, Cat in Clover, Crowtoes and Bloomfel. 

In the wild it prefers well-drained grassy places and can be grown in lawns provided the grass is only given a “high cut” during the flowering season.

It is also perfectly at home in a flower bed and is a very good plant for hanging baskets where it will drape over the sides. 

An important pollen source for bees and is also very useful for both butterflies and moths.

Bird's Foot Trefoil  attracts / provides food for the following creatures:

  • Bees
  • Butterflies including Common Blue butterfly 🐛, Dingy Skipper butterfly 🐛, Green Hairstreak butterfly 🐛, Grizzled Skipper butterfly 🦋 and Wood White butterfly 🐛 
  • Moths including Annulet moth 🐛, Belted Beauty moth 🐛, Black-veined Moth 🐛, Burnet Companion moth 🐛, Chalk Carpet moth 🐛, Common Heath moth 🐛,  Five-spot Burnet moth 🐛,  Latticed Heath moth🐛,  Mother Shipton Moth🐛,  Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moth 🐛,  Scotch Burnet moth 🦋,  Six-belted Clearwing moth 🐛,  Six-spot Burnet moth 🐛,  Slender Scotch Burnet moth🦋♀ and  Slender Scotch Burnet moth🐛 
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

🐛 A food plant for the caterpillar

🦋 Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

🦇 Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

🦇 (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.