General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Erosion control
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Suitable for forage
Edible Parts: Flowers
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • White Clover
  • Clover
  • White Dutch Clover
  • Ladino Clover

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Location: Aberdeen, NC 
Date: March 28, 2023
White clover #114; RAB p.590, 98-14-8;  AG p. 128, 32-9-?; LHB p.

Date: 2023-03-30
Location: Canada
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2017-06-20
#Pollination
Location: Aberdeen, NC 
Date: March 28, 2023
White clover #75; RAB page 590, 98-14-8; LHB page 581, 96-62-1, "
Location: IL
Date: 2012-07-09
#Pollination Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) Butterfly

Date: 2015-07-10
Variegated leaves
Location: My 'lawn', Utah
Date: 2015-08-07
#Pollination
Location: South Alabama 
Date: Mid February
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Date: 2017-04-20
wishing for a lucky day

Date: 2012-06-28
Great food source for honey bees and other bees!
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (May 2022)
Date: 2022-05-08
Location: Southern Alabama 
Date: Mid February
Location: Oostende, Belgium
Date: May
credit: Hans Hillewaert
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (May 2022)
Date: 2022-05-15
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-06-26
White Clover growing in my lawn
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2014-05-28
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-07-24
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: March 25, 2022
White clover #75; RAB p.590, 98-14-8;  AG p. 128, 32-9-?; LHB p.
Location: Hiking Trail In Fairfax :-)
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-03-26
Location: Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-28
Location: South Alabama
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-29
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2014-05-28
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2014-05-28
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden (Mobot) in St Louis
Date: 2016-06-18
Location: Fairfax, VA | September 2022
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-07-24
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-07-20
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2014-10-12
Location: Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-12
Growing together with Trifolium campestre
Location: Rupert, Idaho
Date: 08/04/2023
Trifolium repens flower
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-03-26
Location: Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-28
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-06-20
#Pollination - Bee enjoying blooms
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Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-29
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-03-14
Location: Emerson, AR
Date: 2020-04-17
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2018-05-01
Left unmowed to flower for the bees.
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: May 15, 2022
White clover #75; RAB page 590, 98-14-8; LHB page 581, 96-62-1, "
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-07-20
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2014-10-12
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2014-10-12
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2014-10-12
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: January 1, 2022
White clover #75; RAB page 590, 98-14-8; LHB page 581, 96-62-1, "

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
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Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: January 1, 2022
White clover #75; RAB page 590, 98-14-8; LHB page 581, 96-62-1, "
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-03-31

 Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Rupert, Idaho
Date: 08/03/2023
Four leaf Trifolium repens
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2008-03-17
A five-leaved specimen, pressed and dried

Date: 2011-06-23
 Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-28
Location: Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-28
Location: Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-28
Location: Lenore, ID
White Dutch Clover seeds
Location: Canada
Location: Mississauga
Date: 2012 June
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-09-03
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Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 30, 2020 9:17 AM concerning plant:
    White Clover is a common little forb in fields, meadows, roadsides, waste areas, and in lawns in much of North America; originally traveling over here from Europe. Its flowers and leaves grow on separate stalks from creeping runners (stolons). Its rounded heads of white, pea-like flowers are pure white or tinged with pink. The trifoliate compound leaves have a pale triangular mark on each leaflet. The flowers are definitely loved by honeybees, and used by some other pollinating insects. Rabbits love to feed upon them and other mammals. There was a time in the early 20th century where White Clover was purposely included in seed mixtures of turf grasses for lawns because it blends well with turf grasses and fixes nitrogen into the soil. In more modern times it is almost universally considered as a lawn weed that is eliminated or mostly eliminated from lawn by weed & feed applications. I decided two decades ago to not weed & feed my lawn and I let this 'Lawn Companion" grow in my lawn areas. It is perfectly suitable to be part of a turf or lawn, adapted to mowing. This forb can cause a little trouble by creeping over into the woody plant and flower borders, but it is not really bad like Creeping Charlie that creeps a lot into borders.
  • Posted by crittergarden (Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh - Zone 6a) on Jun 15, 2014 5:27 AM concerning plant:
    White clover is essential food for our pollinators.
    With pollinators in danger of disappearing, always leave some clover for them to feed on!
    Plant more, if you can.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 17, 2015 5:45 PM concerning plant:
    Introduced from Europe, now found naturalized in much of the U.S. in fields, lawns, and roadsides. Important food source for many caterpillars. May be used as a green manure or cover crop. All parts are edible. An infusion of leaves may be helpful for colds or coughs.
  • Posted by Johannian (The Black Hills, SD - Zone 4b) on Jan 11, 2022 8:50 PM concerning plant:
    Range: throughout. Additional info: this is a common Clover in lawn-seed mixes.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 4, 2013 9:06 PM concerning plant:
    Nowadays I have to order clover seed on the Internet to have it in my lawn. Years ago, all grass seed mixtures contained clover, but these days people seem to want a golf course looking lawn. Not I. I plant white clover in the lawn so that it flowers and attracts the honeybees.

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