Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil
Herb: Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil
Latin name: Lotus halophilus
Synonyms: Lotus villosus
Edible parts of Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil:Seed. No more details are given, but some caution is advised. See the notes above on toxicity.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Maritime sands.
Propagation of Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil:Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in the spring or the autumn. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 15°C. If seed is in short supply, it can be sown in pots in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Maritime sands.
Medicinal use of Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil:None known
Known hazards of Lotus halophilus:No reports of toxicity have been seen for this species but at least one member of the genus contains toxic cyanogenic glycosides.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.