Knotted Clover - Trifolium striatum

Alternative names
Soft Clover

Low to short hairy plant with oval leaflets and oval, unstalked pinkish flower heads, usually single, sometimes in pairs. It may be upright or prostrate. Downy, inflated, red-ribbed calyx in fruit.

Similar Species

There are some similar rare clovers (e.g. T scabrum).  Strawberry Clover ( T fragiferum) and Reversed Clover (T resupinatum) have a calyx that is much more inflated in fruit.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Procumbent to erect, hairy, annual; with obovate leaves and sessile flowerheads. 

Recording advice

Either obtain confirmation from a County Recorder before submitting a record, or submit detailed images showing key features.  We recommend that you take and retain a specimen; the County Recorder may wish to see this for confirmation. 


On well drained soils.

When to see it

Flowers May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but local and often coastal in Britain.

VC55 Status

In the Flora of Leicestershire (Primavesi & Evans, 1988) it was present in 19 tetrads out of 617.

In the VC55 Checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native: occasional; may be nearly scarce

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Common names
Knotted Clover, Soft Clover
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/01/1998 (Unknown)
Last record:
17/06/2019 (Cunningham, Sally)

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