Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)

Lotus corniculatis is high quality, non-bloating legume adapted to acid and waterlogged soils. Birdsfoot trefoil is most successful in areas where white clover is unable to perenniate due to an extended summer drought and Lucerne is unable to be productive due to low soil pH and/or winter waterlogging. It is used primarily in combination with cocksfoot on acid soils and can be used with phalaris/fescues in waterlogged soils. It is cold and frost tolerant and require a rainfall of 600mm. Birdsfoot can be cut or grazed and will spread if it is allowed to set seed.

Key features

  • Perennial legume that fixes nitrogen and increase the quality of the pasture
  • Ability to flourish under conditions where other legumes are unsuccessful
  • Seedling establishment is slow and it should be giving time to build up reserves before first grazing


Great companion crop for temperate grasses
Sowing rate: 2-4kg/ha (in mixes); 6-8kg/ha (monoculture)