Red Clover - Trifolium pratense


Short to tall, tufted, hairy plant. Trifoliate leaves often have a white crescent at the centre of their oval leaflets. Flowers reddish purple or pink, 12 to 15 mm, in dense, globose heads, usually solitary, unstalked.

Similar Species

Whilst easy to tell apart in flower, White and Red Clover can be more tricky when you just have leaves to go on. However White Clover leaves are toothed and Red Clover leaves are hairy. Red hair, white teeth!

Photo ID?

Grassy habitats, meadows, pastures, lawns roadside verges, etc.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 599 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map