Trifolium pratense L.

Red or purple clover

Names and Myths

Trifolium Latin tres, three, and folium, leaf

pratense  indicates the meadow habitat.

Natural history / Folklore

Young leaves, flowers and seeds are all listed as edible.34  Since large quanities have been known to cause bloating in cattle, moderation may be in order.32

A crop plant that is grown from coast to coast.6 Like the other legumes clover provides a home for nitrogen fixing bacteria.39


May - August Magenta or purple flowers in stalkless heads.

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