Well-known in Ireland on both waste and cultivated land, the Red Clover is a straggling, hairy plant which spreads throughout moist but well-drained soils.  Widely grown for fodder, its small, pinkish to reddish purple 12-15mm flowers are borne in large, ovoid, dense heads from May to October.  The trifoliate leaves have elliptical leaflets, each bearing a white crescent-shaped mark.  Like other peaflowers, Red Clover fixes nitrogen into the soil which other plants can then absorb.  This is a native plant and belongs to the family Fabaceae.

Information taken from Wildflowers of Ireland.

Photographs taken on 24 May 2014 in Ballylagan organic farm in Straid, County Antrim.

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Last updated Saturday June 21, 2014