Alsike Clover - Trifolium hybridum


Short to medium, erect plant, not rooting at the nodes. Stipules green with a slender tip. It has toothed leaves with no white crescent. Flowers whitish or purplish becoming pinkish and later brown.

Similar Species

White clover (Trifolium repens)

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Erect plant, with stems not rooting at the nodes


Waste places, roadsides and railway verges, though most often seen as escapes from fodder crops.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and quite common in Britain, often persisting as an escape from fodder crops.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland but probably overlooked at times. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 301 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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