Trifolium pratense

Red Clover Trifolium pratense

Red Clover

The zygomorphic flowers of the Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) can be white-pink, pink or red in colour. They usually appear from May to September. Some plants, especially on sites that have been mown, can still be seen in November.

Red Clover

How tall Trifolium pratense grows depends on the habitat. It colonises meadows, roadsides, embankments and dams, where it reaches heights of between 15 and 40 centimetres.

Red Clover in meadow
Flowering Red Clover in a meadow at the beginning of May.

Red clover is a perennial plant, it can show a few leaves even in winter.

Red Clover leaves
Young leaves of Red Clover in spring (mid-March).

Trifolium pratense is native to most Asian and European countries, its range extends to North Africa. As a medicinal herb, it also made its way to other regions where it settled and became native.