White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Key facts about White Clover
- Height: up to 50cm
- Flowering Time: June – September
- Flower colour: White
- Growth habit: Low growing, creeping herb
- Habitat: Very common. Found in lawns, grazing pasture, roadsides on all but the wettest and most acidic soils
- Appears in: Birds and Bees Floral Focus Meadowmat for Birds and Bees Species rich lawn turf
The scientific name for clover is Trifolium which gives a clue to it’s appearance. Tri = three and folium = leaves. Each clover leaf has three distinct lobes.
The leaves are more or less hairless and each one has a white spot on it. Flowers are distinctive. Globe shaped and held aloft on long, slender stems. Each flower head is made up of a group of white tube-shaped florets. Once seen, never forgotten.
Uses for White Clover
Surely one of the most valuable pollinator plants in entire vast plant palette of the UK. White clover is a great nectar plant, but more importantly the pollen is protein rich and highly nutritious. Pollen is bee baby food and the better its quality, the healthier the colony.
White clover is good for plants too. Like peas and beans it is a legume. Which means that it can gather nitrogen gas from the air and fix it into the soil to provide natural plant fertilisation.
We’ve added white clover to three of our Meadowmat varieties because it is so very good at attracting pollinating insects. It’s easy to grow because it’s not fussy about soil type and arguably one of the most reliable wildflowers.
- Bee friendly – particularly for bumblebees and solitary bees
- Easy to grow
- Tolerates trampling, mowing and grazing
- Frost hardy
- Very pretty flowers