Red clover
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Trifolium pratense
plant overview
sweet nectar for bees

Red clover is a low-growing, flowering plant commonly found in fields, meadows, and other undisturbed grounds. Like many other members of the legume family, red clover contains isoflavones and coumarin compounds, the latter of which are partly responsible for the sweet taste of the flower tops that bees enjoy visiting and people enjoy in salads and teas. Together with the flowers, the somewhat bitter leaves are used in tea blends. Red clover flowers and leaves are also used to make infusions and extracts for use in skin and hair preparations. Where can I buy red clover blossoms? Organic red clover blossoms bulk quantities can be purchased by clicking the ¼ pound or full pound quantity in the top right of this page.

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Red clover

01.
A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information on red clover

description
Trifolium pratense, is an herbaceous, short-lived perennial plant and a member of the Fabaceae family.

Red clover varies greatly in size—its height can range from roughly 8 inches to 2 1/2 feet. It produces alternate, trifoliate (with three leaflets) leaves. The leaflets are green with a characteristic pale crescent in the outer half of the leaf; they measure roughly 15–30 mm long and 8–15 mm broad. The petiole (leafstalk) is 1–4 cm long, with a pair of basal stipules.

Red clover flowers are produced in a dense inflorescence and appear dark pink with a paler base, they are 12–15 mm long.

common names & nomenclature
Red clover's genus name—Trifolium—is in reference to the three leaflets on each leaf.

Also known as:
red clover

Red Clover, sweet nectar for bees

02.
Where in the World

habitat and range for red clover

Trifolium pratense is native to Europe, Western Asia and northwest Africa, but planted and naturalized in many other regions.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting red clover

climate
Red clover grows in meadows, pastures and grassy areas in full sun.

soil
Prefers a moist, well-drained, medium to heavy loam soil.

growing
Pre-soak the red clover seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow directly into the garden soil during the spring. If you have a scarce quantity of seed it might be better to sow it in pots in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring. Mature plants may also be propagated by division in spring.

harvesting
The plant flowers and leaves are normally harvested and dried for use as it comes into flower. Seeds would be collected after flowering.

preserving
Store dried red clover flowers, red clover seeds and other plant parts in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

04.
The Rest of the Story

additional information

Red clover is one of the world's oldest agricultural crops, cultivated as forage since prehistoric times. The ball shaped flowers of the three-leafed herb have been used almost as long. Because of its importance in early agriculture, red clover has a long history as a religious symbol. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and the Celts of pre-Christian Ireland all revered it. Early Christians linked the plant to the Trinity, and some say red clover is the model for Ireland's symbol, the shamrock. Red clover was also the model for the suit of clubs in playing cards.

During the middle Ages, red clover was considered a charm against witchcraft In the Far East; herbalists had more down-to-earth uses for red clover.

Red clover is a perennial that grows to 2 feet. Its leaves are arranged in groups of three. Its fragrant, edible, red or purple ball-shaped glowers are composed of many tiny florets.

Because it's a legume, red clover adds nitrogen to the soil, and its deep roots help break up compacted soil. Plant seeds in spring or fall. In sunny conditions, this herb thrives in variety of moist, well-drained soils but does not grow well in sand or gravel. Harvest the flowers when the tops are fully in bloom.

Formulas & recipes
Red clover uses
When red clover tops are dried, they keep their color and sweet taste, which makes them great for tea blends. The red clover tops can also be used as a natural yellow dye because of its vivid color. The tops are even used as garnishes on salads and other culinary dishes. As far as red clover medicinal uses, the herb is used as a topical treatment for various skin ailments like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Where to buy red clover herb?
Not only are the tops available in bulk quantity, but you can buy red clover herb in ¼ pound and full pound quantities on this page.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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