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Horseshoe Vetch

Flowering from May to July it can be found on short, calcareous, turf on cliffs and downs, and is extremely common near the Dorset coast


Common Name Horseshoe Vetch
Scientific Name Hippocrepis comosa
Species Group Pea Family Fabaceae
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Pea family - Leguminosae
Status Locally frequent
Flower Colour Group Yellow
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
Preferred Environment
Look for Pea-shaped flowers arranged around the top of a central as a horseshoe shape
Additional Identification Notes
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Pea Family Fabaceae