Red Clover - Trifolium pratense


Short to tall, tufted, hairy plant. Trifoliate leaves often have a white crescent at the centre of their oval leaflets. Flowers reddish purple or pink, 12 to 15 mm, in dense, globose heads, usually solitary, unstalked.

Similar Species

Zigzag clover (Trifolium medium). White Clover leaves are toothed and Red Clover leaves are hairy (red hair, white teeth)!

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

To distinguish from Zigzag clover, the free part of  Red clover's stipules are narrowed to a bristle-like point; the free part of Zigzag's are linear to lanceolate.  Zigzag has narrower leaflets, less hairy, and they are usually unmarked


Grassy habitats, meadows, pastures, lawns roadside verges, etc.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 599 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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