White Clover - Trifolium repens


    Low to short plant with creeping stems rooting at the nodes. The three leaflets are bright green usually with a light or dark mark in the centre. Flowers white or pale pink 7 to 10 mm sweetly scented in dense globose heads.

    Similar Species

    Alsike clover, and other large clovers when not in flower. 

    Identification difficulty
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    The stems are procumbent, rooting at the nodes to form a mat. The leaves can be distinguished from those of Red Clover by their toothed edges and lack of hairs. Red hair, white teeth!


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

    When to see it

    June 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 601 of the 617 tetrads.

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