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Lotus uliginosus - Schkuhr.

Common Name Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards No reports of toxicity have been seen for this species but at least one member of the genus contains toxic cyanogenic glycosides[65, 76].
Habitats Marshes, ditches, freshwater margins and wet grassland[50, 200].
Range S.W. Europe - Portugal, Spain.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun
Lotus uliginosus Greater Bird


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lotus uliginosus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
It can fix Nitrogen.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

L. pedunculatus. Cav.

Habitats

 Meadow; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Insecticide  Soil reclamation

An insecticide is obtained from the plant[153]. No more details are given. This species is used as a pioneer plant in the reclamation of peat and pumice soils and on other wet acid soils that are unsuitable for the more commonly used Trifolium spp[200].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in wet acid soils[200]. Dislikes shade[200]. Does well on poor soils[61]. Suitable for naturalistic and conservation plantings in situations that approximate to its natural habitat[200]. A good bee plant[74]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in the spring or 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.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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   Sep 16 2013 12:00AM

essences from this plant are to harmonize you right and lef site. is about change fear to love, disolve fear fro astral and mental body.- MONY essences

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