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Lotus corniculatus

(Babys Slippers)


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Interesting Facts

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Common Names

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Common Names in Armenian:


Common Names in Azerbaijani:

Buinuzlu Gurdotu, Gafgaz Gurdotu

Common Names in Belarusian:

Palyavaya Akatzyya, Rutvitza Ragataya, Tryzaouka, Zayachchy Bratki

Common Names in Catalan, Valencian:

Corona de rei

Common Names in Chinese:

Bai Mai Gen

Common Names in Danish:

Almindelig Kællingetand, Serradel

Common Names in Dutch:

Gewone Rolklaver, gewone rolklaver en rechte rolklaver, Rolklaver, Tôchklaver

Common Names in English:

Babys Slippers, Bacon and Eggs, Bird´s-Foot Trefoil, bird's foot deer vetch, Bird's Foot Deervetch, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Bird's-Foot Trefoil, Birdfoot Deervetch, Birds Foot Trefoil, Birds-Foot Trefoil, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Bloomfell, Broadleaf Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cat's Clover, common bird's foot trefoil, Common Birdsfoot-Trefoil, Crowtoes, eggs and bacon, garden bird's foot trefoil, Garden Bird's-Foot-Trefoil, Garden Birdsfoot Trefoil, Ground Honeysuckle, horned trefoil

Common Names in Estonian:

Harilik Noiahammas

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in French:

Cornette, Cube, Lotier Corniculé, Lotier Cornicule, Lotus Corniculé, Lotus Des Prés, Pied De Poule, Pied-De-Poule, Serradelle, Trèfle Cornu

Common Names in Georgian:

Kurdglisprchkhila, Kurdlis Prukhila

Common Names in German:

Common Birds foot Trefoil, Gemeiner Hornklee, Gewöhnlicher Hornklee, Gewöhnlicher Hornklee, Hornklee, Hornschotenklee, Schotenklee (Switzerland)

Common Names in Hungarian:


Common Names in Italian:

Ginestrina, Ginestrino, Loto, Mullaghera, Trifoglio Giallo

Common Names in Japanese:

Miyako Gusa

Common Names in Latvian:

Ragaine Vanagnadzini

Common Names in Lithuanian:

Paprastasis Garzdenis

Common Names in Mongolian:

Ebert Khoshoontzor

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Common Names in Norwegian Nynorsk:


Common Names in Polish:

Cornichao, Komonica Zwycrajna, Komonica Zwyczajna

Common Names in Portuguese:

Cornichão, Serradela

Common Names in Romanian:

Ghizdei Mărunt

Common Names in Russian:

Ghizdei Marunt, Ljadvenec Rogatyj, Lyadvenetz Baltiiski, Lyadvenetz Kavkazski, Lyadvenetz Komarova, Lyadvenetz Krymski, Lyadvenetz Olgi, Lyadvenetz Polevoi, Lyadvenetz Rogatyi, Lyadvenetz Ruprekhta, Lyadvenetz Somnitelnyi, Lyadvenetz Zhigulevski, лядвенец рогатый

Common Names in Spanish:

Cuernecillo, Cuernecillo Del Campo, Loto Corniculado, Loto De Los Prados, Serradella, Trébol a Cuernitos, Trébol Pata De Pájaro

Common Names in Swedish:

Käringgigel, Käringtand, Käringtand

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Common Names in Turkish:


Common Names in Welsh:

Pys y ceirw


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Genus Lotus

Annual or perennial , herbs or semishrubs. Leaf pinnately compound ; leaflets 5, 3 at the apex and 2 at the base resembling stipules, or the basal leaflets absent, entire. Stipules absent or represented by glands or minute, deciduous. Inflorescence an axillary pedunculate or almost sessile umbel, subtended by 1-3 leafy bracts or flower solitary axillary. Calyx tubular , bilabiate. Corolla yellow, pinkish, red, purple or white, free from stamens, keel pointed or beaked . Stamens diadelphous , 9+1, alternate filaments dilated at the apex. Fruit dehiscent , generally many seeded.

A genus with 60-100 species, most numerous around the Mediterranean[1]

Physical Description

Habit: HerbClimbing: Not Climbing

Flowers: Bloom Period: March, April, May, June, July, August. • Flower Color: goldyellow-orange, red-orange, yellow


Size: 6-12" tall.


Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 4,701 meters (0 to 15,423 feet).[2]


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Duration: Perennial


Culture: Space 9-12" apart.

Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Full Sun .

Temperature: Cold Hardiness: 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a. (map)


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Lotus ambiguus Spreng. • Lotus arvensis Pers. • Lotus balticus Miniaev • Lotus carpetanus Lacaita • Lotus caucasicus Kuprian. • Lotus corniculatus var. crassifolia Fr. • Lotus corniculatus var. kochii Chrtkova • Lotus corniculatus var. maritimus Rupr. • Lotus komarovii Miniaev • Lotus major Scop. • Lotus olgae Klokov • Lotus ruprechtii Miniaev • Lotus tauricus Juz. • Lotus zhegulensis Klokov

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Lotus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 53 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

L. aboriginus (Thicket Trefoil) · L. angustissimus (Slender Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. argophyllus argophyllus var. argophyllus (Silver Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. argophyllus var. adsurgens (Santa Cruz Island Silverhosackia) · L. argyraeus var. argyraeus (Canyon Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. argyraeus var. multicaulis (Canyon Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. australis (Australian Trefoil) · L. berthelotii (Coral Gem) · L. callunetorum (Lyadvenetz Vereshchatnikovyi) · L. corniculatus (Babys Slippers) · L. corniculatus corniculatus (Birdsfoot Trefoil) · L. corniculatus fruticosus (Bird´s-Foot Trefoil) · L. corniculatus japonicus (Lotus Japonicus) · L. corniculatus tenuifolius (Birdsfoot Trefoil) · L. corniculatus 'Plenus' (Double Birds Foot Trefoil) · L. crassifolius var. crassifolius (Big Deervetch) · L. cruentus (Red Bird´s-Foot Trefoil) · L. dendroideus var. dendroideus (Island Broom) · L. glaber (Narrow-Leaf Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. grandiflorus var. grandiflorus (Chaparral Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. heermannii var. heermannii (Heermann's Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. hirsutus 'Brimstone' (Hairy Canary Clover) · L. hispidus (Hairy Birdsfoot Trefoil) · L. jacobaeus (Lotus Jacobaeus) · L. junceus var. junceus (Rush Broom) · L. krylovii (Krylov's Birdsfoot Trefoil) · L. maculatus (Lotus Vine) · L. maculatus 'Amazon Sunset' (Amazon Sunset Lotus Vine) · L. maritimus (Spargelerbse) · L. mearnsii var. equisolensis (Mearns' Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. mearnsii var. mearnsii (Mearns' Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. nevadensis var. nevadensis (Nevada Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. nuttallianus (Nuttall's Lotus) · Hosackia oblongifolia (Streambank Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. oblongifolius var. oblongifolius (Narrow-Leaved Lotus) · L. palustris (Large Birds-Foot Trefoil) · L. parviflorus (Small-Flower Trefoil) · L. pedunculatus (Big Trefoil) · L. plebeius (Long-Bract Bird's-Foot-Trefoil) · L. procumbens var. procumbens (Silky Deerweed) · L. purshianus var. Purshianus (Spanish Clover) · L. salsuginosus var. salsuginosus (Coastal Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. scoparius brevialatus var. brevialatus (California Broom) · L. scoparius scoparius var. scoparius (Common Deerweed) · L. stipularis var. stipularis (Balsam Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. strigosus var. strigosus (Strigose Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. suaveolens (Hairy Birdsfoot Trefoil) · L. subbiflorus (Hairy Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. tenuis (Narrowleaf Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. tetragonolobus (Asparagus Pea) · L. uliginosus (Stalked Bird's Foot Trefoil) · L. unifoliolatus var. helleri (Heller's Bird's-Foot Trefoil) · L. 'Gold Flash' (Lotus Vine)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal November 12, 2007:



  1. "Lotus". in Flora of Pakistan Page 311. Published by Science Press (Beijing) and Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
  2. Mean = 240.060 meters (787.598 feet), Standard Deviation = 428.580 based on 84,788 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30