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Bird's-foot is a small, creeping member if the clover family and, whilst not uncommon it is frequently overlooked as the flowers are so insignificant. Being such a small plant it thrives where the ground is bare or has a very thin grass covering as it cannot compete with anything vigorous nearby. It has a definate preference for sandy or stoney ground where other plants might find it difficult to get a foothold and I have seen it growing on footpaths where sand or gravel has been brought in to make the path.

A tiny flower but quite lovely when one can see it close up.


Common Name Birdsfoot
Scientific Name Ornithopus perpusillus
Species Group Pea Family Fabaceae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Pea family - Leguminosae
Status Occasional
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Creeping plant with tiny pea shaped flowers in short truf
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

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Pea Family Fabaceae