Red Clover Information

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Red clover is a creeping groundcover with trifoliate leaves. The leaflets are marked with a pale green arrowhead. Club-shaped purple flowers are rich in nectar and attract bees to your garden.

Other Names

Red clover's scientific name is Trifolium pratense. Other common names are meadow honeysuckle, meadow trefoil, purple clover and wild clover.


Red clover prefers light soil with good drainage. They do well in areas with mild spring weather and exposure to full sunlight.


Sow red clover seeds in the spring. Do not till the seeds under the ground, as red clover seeds will germinate on top of the soil.


Powdery mildew can be a problem for red clover during dry weather.


Harvest red clover up to three times in a growing season when the leaves are young. The blossoms can be used fresh or dried.


Red clover is safe forage for cattle, horses and sheep. It is best if mixed with grass. Red clover has nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the roots. This allows for the assimilation of nitrogen from the air into the soil around the roots. This process increases soil fertility.


  • The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs; Reader's Digest; 2009

Who Can Help

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Red Clover
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About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

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