Granny’s Toenails, well you may know it better as Lotus corniculatus or Bird’s-foot Trefoil. It is flowering in the fields behind the farm right now.
The name “Bird’s-foot” and indeed “Toenails” comes from the shape of the seed pods which bear a striking resemblance to Great Grandma Hewit’s left foot and resemble some birds feet as well.
Certainly if I was going to introduce a child to this flower for the very first time then I would introduce it as Granny’s Toenails, flowers should be fun.
Eggs and Bacon is another good name if there are no seed pods yet, more fun than Bird’s-foot Trefoil. The buds are quite red and that often carries on to the flower giving you the bacon part of your breakfast.
It is a member of the Pea family (Fabaceae) and it is in flower from now (and a bit earlier) until the end of September.
That is my account of the very beautiful wildflower Lotus corniculatus.