Red clover Trifolium pratense


Best time to see: mid May to mid Oct

Key facts

Familiar red-pink clover of pasture, native to Europe and also naturalised to grow in North America

Widely grown to feed livestock and as a green manure, because its roots 'fix' nitrogen in the soil

Important source of nectar for long-tongued species of bee

Extras

Contains a number of minerals and vitamins, and also isoflavones, that act like Īstrogen

Used medicinally to treat a number of conditions, including cancer

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton