Bird's-foot Trefoil
Lotus corniculatus
Crúibín cait

Bird's-foot Trefoil, or Bacon and Eggs, is a small, brightly-coloured perennial. Like Bitter Vetch it belongs to the pea family. The flowers are a strong yellow with red streaks and tips. The leaflets grow in fives; and the lower two leaflets slope back the upper ones appear to be in threes, hence the name Trefoil. The pods are long and they join together in the shape of a bird's foot. The plant grows on grass and in rough pastures all over the country; it is widespread and decorative and has many local names.
The flowers bloom between May and September.
Bird's-foot Trefoil is one of the most universal wild flowers. It grows over most of Europe, Asia and parts of Africa, and is found on mountains in the tropics.


Other 'Early Summer' flowers include:
Bitter Vetch | Bladder Campion | Bloody Cranesbill | Bugle | Burnet Rose | Charlock | Common Butterwort | Dog Rose | Elder | Field Scabious | Greater Butterwort |