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This spreading native perennial is normally found in grasslands. It has bluish-green, divided leaves. In spring and early summer, attractive double yellow, pea-like flowers appear, followed by black peapods of about 2.5cm. This species is ideal for a wildlife garden. Its height varies, from 5cm to 20cm, but stems can grow up to 50cm. The plant has a deep, branched root system and tolerates both wet and moderately dry conditions.
Plant type: Native perennial
Flower colour: Orange
Foliage colour: Grey
Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to April
Flowering period: May to August
I have many of these in two built up beds which I am using for the butterflies and bees. With the birdsfoot trefoil I have a lavender bush at either end of the bed. Wild marjoram and wild thyme, clover which i have potted and sunk in the bed, parsley and mint potted and sunk in the bed, and cowslips. They all look great and are just coming back to life. The bees and butterflies absolutely love them all. Fascinating to watch, but not much gardening get done.
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