Scientific Name: Astragalus glycyphyllos (Fabaceae).
English Name: Wild Liquorice, Wild Licorice, Liquorice Milk-vetch (Pea family).
French Name: Astragale à feuilles de réglisse (='liquorice leaved milk-vetch').
5 Key Characters:
- quite large sprawling plant (up to a metre high and wide).
- stems kinked.
- flowers greenish cream, in slightly elongated oval bunches.
- oval leaves in 4 - 6 pairs.
- prefers calcareous soil.
Lookalikes: Other cream pea flowers perhaps if you are a beginner, but nothing else really has the same combination of colour and form.
Habitat: Woodland, scrub, calcareous grassland. Its preferred habitat is lightly grazed unimproved grassland and hay meadows.
Flowering Period: May-June-July-August.
Status: Widespread but in decline because of modern farming methods.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: