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Red Clover

Trifolium pratense

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Pinkish-purple egg-shaped flowers with very short stalks. Sometimes unstalked. Up to 3cm wide.
Fruit:
Egg-shaped pod, not hairy.
Leaves:
Each leaf has 3 finely toothed leaflets, the lower ones being stalked and upper unstalked. Leaflets often have a white crescent in their centres. Leaflets are variable in shape from round to linear and pointed.
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The flowers and leaves of Red Clover can be eaten raw or cooked, or used in salads.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers have a slightly pleasant honey-like aroma.
Other Names:
Bee Bread, Broad-leaved Clover, Cleaver Grass, Clovone, Cow Clover, Cow Grass, Honeysuckle Clover, Marl Grass, Meadow Clover, Meadow Honeysuckle, Meadow Trefoil, Purple Clover, Wild Clover.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, lawns, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.