Wild Liquorice - Astragalus glycyphyllos

Description

Medium to tall straggling plant, with 4 to 6 pairs of leaflets, oval to elliptical, blunt but often with a tiny point. Flowers are pale cream or yellowish green 11 to 15 mm long in dense, short-stalked racemes.

Similar Species

In leaf, goat's-rue and crown vetch are similar (but with very different flowers)

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Rough grassy habitats.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Perennial

UK Status

Widespread in Britain but rather uncommon.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 6 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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