Horseshoe Vetch - Hippocrepis comosa


Low, usually prostrate, hairy plant, woody at the base. Leaves pinnate with three to eight pairs of linear to oval leaflets. Flowers, yellow, 6 to 10 mm, in stalked heads of five to 12, the standard petal with a distinct claw. Pods twisting, with horse-shoe shaped segments.

Photo ID?

Short, dry turf on chalk and limestone.

When to see it

Flowers April to July.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread, but local in England, scarce in many other areas of Britain and absent in the far north.

VC55 Status

Scarce and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map