Crimson Clover - Trifolium incarnatum subsp. incarnatum


Short to medium, erect, hairy plant. Flowers are blood red, 10 to 12 mm in dense, solitary, oblong or oval heads.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

crimson flowers

Recording advice

As this is very rare in VC55, the County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


Open and disturbed ground and waste places.

When to see it

In flower during June, July, August and September.

Life History


UK Status

Occasional as a casual plant often seen as an escape from cultivation.

VC55 Status

Rare casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was not recorded.

In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011), it is listed as Alien (casual), rare, with no recent records listed. 

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

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