Birds-foot Trefoil [Lotus corniculatus]
Birds-foot trefoil a very common perennial weed similar in appearnace to some clover type
It is very common on grassy areas such as meadows and grass verges. Birds-foot trefoil can grow
up to 50cm high if left to grow.This deep rooted weed can adapt to survive on closely mown
This plant spread by overground and underground runners (stolons and rhizomes). The clover like
leaves form as 3 small leaflets on a short stalk with two more leaflets located at the base of the
Birds-foot trefoil flowers are pea like and flower between April and September. The yellow
flowers which resemble those of honeysuckle can often be seen with red streaks running through
them. For this reason the weed is sometimes called 'Eggs and bacon'.
Birds-foot trefoil can grow on a variety of soil types.
Hand weeding may prove effective if
the plants are few in number, however take care to remove the whole of the root.
For a widespread problem, chemicals may have to be used for effective control. Choose a
selective herbicide that will control Birds-foot trefoil.
Birds-foot trefoil may require two applications for effective control.
When using chemicals on the lawn or anywhere else in the garden always wear the correct
protective equipment and clothing. Always read the product label and follow the manufacturers
health & safety recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.