Black Medick - Medicago lupulina


Low, often prostrate, hairy plant. Leaves are trifoliate and widest above the middle, with a nerve protruding at the broad end of each leaflet in the centre. Flowers yellow, 2 to 3 mm, many to a raceme. Pods sickle or kidney shaped 1.5 to 3 mm black when ripe.

Similar Species

Distinguished from Least Trefoil and Hop Trefoil by the minute point at the end of the leaves.

Photo ID?

Grass verges, mown areas.

When to see it

April to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common in England and Wales, scarcer further north, mainly coastal in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 538 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map