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

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


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

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 19 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Native, occasional but nearly scarce.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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