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Trifolium hybridum - L.

Common Name Alsike Clover
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Roadsides in Britain[17].
Range Europe. Naturalized in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Trifolium hybridum Alsike Clover


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Trifolium hybridum Alsike Clover
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Trifolium hybridum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from June to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Trifolium elegans. Trifolium hybridum elegans

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Leaves and flower heads - raw or cooked. Boiled, or after soaking for several hours in salty water[183]. A delightful and healthful tea is made from the dried flower heads[183]. They are usually mixed with other teas[183]. The dried flower heads and seeds can be ground into a nutritious flour[183].

Medicinal Uses



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Galactogogue.

A cold infusion of the plant has been used as a wash on the breasts of a nursing mother in order to increase the milk flow[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Agroforestry Services: Nitrogen;  Agroforestry Services: Understory legume;  Fodder: Pasture;  Management: Fodder;  Management: Hay;  Minor Global Crop.

Succeeds in a moist, well-drained circum-neutral soil in full sun[200]. Succeeds in poor soils. Closely related to T. repens[60]. It grows well in an apple orchard, the trees will produce tastier fruit that stores better[201]. It should not be grown with camellias or gooseberries because it harbours a mite that can cause fruit drop in the gooseberries and premature budding in the camellias[201]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200]. Buttercups growing nearby depress the growth of the nitrogen bacteria by means of a root exudate[201].

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring in situ. If the seed is in short supply it might be better to sow it in pots in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Trifolium dubiumSuckling Clover01
Trifolium fimbriatumSpringbank Clover, Cows clover30
Trifolium fucatumSour Clover, Bull clover20
Trifolium fucatum virescens 20
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Trifolium incarnatumCrimson Clover20
Trifolium lupinasterLupine clover10
Trifolium macrocephalumBighead Clover, Largehead clover10
Trifolium microcephalumSmallhead Clover10
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Trifolium ornithopodioidesBirdsfoot Fenugreek, Bird clover10
Trifolium pratenseRed Clover33
Trifolium repensWhite Clover, Dutch Clover, Purple Dutch Clover, Shamrock, White Clover32
Trifolium subterraneumSubterranean Clover10
Trifolium tridentatumTomcat Clover20
Trifolium variegatumWhitetip Clover10

 

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