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White Clover

Trifolium repens

Also known as

Shamrock, Dutch Clover, Ladino Clover, Creeping White Clover, Clover

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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White Clover Overview

Trifolium repens is a European and central Asian native perennial wildflower that has been introduced worldwide as a forage crop. White or Assegaai Clover is a member of the legume family that helps fix Nitrogen in the soil, making it available as plant food for following crops or neighbouring plants and is frequently grown as green manure. It is also grown as a valuable fodder crop for cattle and horses. It, unfortunately, grows too well and is often treated as an weed. Trifolium repens produces varieties which are classed by size of the petiole (stalk that attaches the leaf to the stem). The common name Dutch Clover is used for varieties that have intermediate length stalks, while Ladino Clover refers to those with longer stalks. White clover is used for the species in general.

Common problems with White Clover

Problem free

    How to harvest White Clover

    Plough into the field as green manure.

    How to propagate White Clover


    As soon as a runner touch the soil , it makes roots and grows into a new plant.


    Sow in situ from March onwards, germination should occure within a few weeks.


    Division in spring.

    Special features of White Clover

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees love to visit the flowers and it is a good source of food for bees and other insects.

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    Crop rotation

    Part of the legume family and therefor a great Nitrogen fixer and green manure.

    Other uses of White Clover

    Fodder crop. Meadow Attracts butterflies

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    Green Manures

    Empty spaces after crops have been harvested? - Sow these 'green manures' to protect bare beds over winter.

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