Devon Wildlife Trust White clover is a very common plant of all kinds of grassy areas in the UK, from lawns to pastures, roadsides to meadows, as both a wild and sown flower. The famous trefoil leaves are collected by Wood Mice and are one of the foodplants of the Common Blue butterfly; the flowers appear from May to October and are sought after by all kinds of bumblebees. Looking for a lucky four-leaf clover is a common game among children.

How to identify

Most White clover leaves have the familiar trefoil look with three green leaflets, often bearing white markings. The white (sometime pinkish) flowers are borne in rounded heads.

Devonshire Association The Botany Section was founded in 1908 to promote the study and enjoyment of Devon’s wild plants, including bryophytes (mosses), lichens and fungi.

White Clover in our garden, Chulmleigh (Photo: Grant Sherman)

Plantlife Often found in parks, banks and lawns - any type of grassland habitat - white clover is the commonest of the clovers.

The leaves have the archetypal 'cloverleaf' shape: three rounded leaflets often with a pale band. As it's name suggests, the flowers are white and form a cluster.

Royal Horticultural Society Naturally occurs in wide-ranging soils in grassland and rough ground, so long as the site is not too acidic or waterlogged. Used in agricultural herbal leys for its high protein content

Wikipedia Trifolium repens, the white clover (also known as Dutch clover, Ladino clover, or Ladino), is a herbaceous perennial plant in the bean family Fabaceae (previously referred to as Leguminosae). It is native to Europe, including the British Isles, and central Asia and is one of the most widely cultivated types of clover. It has been widely introduced worldwide as a forage crop, and is now also common in most grassy areas (lawns and gardens) of North America and New Zealand. The species includes varieties often classed as small, intermediate and large, according to height, which reflects petiole length. The term “white clover” is applied to the species in general, “Dutch clover” is often applied to intermediate varieties (but sometimes to smaller varieties), and “ladino clover” is applied to large varieties.

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