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White Clover

Trifolium repens

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, lawns, meadows, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
Dull white becoming brown with age, egg-shaped, up to 2cm wide.
Fruit:
A linear pea-like pod which contains 3 or 4 heart-shaped yellow-brown seeds.
Leaves:
The leaves are trifoliate which means that they are divided into 3. The leaves are long-stalked and individual leaflets are circular with fine teeth along the margins. The leaves often have pale green or white v-shaped patterns on them. Occasionally (1 in 5,000 specimens) you may find a 4-leaf clover which is considered good luck.
Aroma:
Scented flowers.
Other Names:
Common Clover, Dutch Clover, Honeystalk, Kentish Clover, Ladino, Ladino Clover, Lamb Suckling, Trinity Leaf, White Trefoil.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

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