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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