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Ruddy Clover

Trifolium rubens

Also known as

Giant clover, Clover

Trifolium rubens 3 by Franz Xaver (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A pink flower on a Trifolium rubens plant
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Ruddy Clover Overview

Trifolium rubens is a perennial species from the Fabaceae family, with a clumping, bushy growth habit. Commonly known by the name Ruddy Clover, it typically grows to around 60cm in height. Foliage is coated in silvery hairs, blue-green in colour, toothed and divided into lance-shaped leaflets. Flowers are produced on vertical spikes, arranged in pointed clusters. These open from the base upwards and are coloured red-purple.

How to propagate Ruddy Clover


Propagate from seeds in the autumn.


Division in spring.

Special features of Ruddy Clover

Ground cover

Other uses of Ruddy Clover

Some species are useful in rock gardens or on banks, others in agriculture as they fix nitrogen in the soil. Attracts butterflies