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Red Clover

Red Clover
(Trifolium pratense)

Red Clover is a short-lived perennial of the pea family that grows up to 50 cm. in height and has distinctive 'club-shaped' leaves and unique pink flowers


LEAVES:
- usually with three leaflets
- dark green
FLOWERS:
- pinkish purple or red
- dense, round heads (3 cm. long) consisting of many small (10 mm.), tube-shaped flowers
- Red Clover flowers smell like honey; sweet smelling
- Red Clover blooms in summer
- just below the flower head are 2 leaves
FRUIT:
- a small pod with 2 seeds
HABITAT:
- Red Clover grows in low to mid elevations
- Red Clover is common in fields and disturbed areas
FASCINATING FACTS:
- Red Clover was imported from Europe
- can be grown to increase the fertility of soil and control soil erosion
- bumblebees and honey bees are attracted to the honey scent and nectar of Red Clover; clover honey is a very popular treat
- Keep a lookout for a Red Clover plant with 4 leaves instead of three... it's good luck!

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