Information on Alsike Clover

Common Name: Alsike Clover
Scientific Name: Trifolium hybridum
Irish Name: Seamair Lochlannach
Family Group: Fabaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Alsike Clover could sometimes be confused with:

Clover, Strawberry, Clover, White,

In many ways similar to White Clover (pictured together below), this hairless perennial is found in verges, waste ground and cultivated ground.  Its little upright heads of flowers start out white or pale purple but turn pink or brown as they age.  The 2cm flowerheads are stalked and bloom from June to October.  The leaves are trifoliate and without markings.  This is an introduced plant belonging to the family Fabaceae

I found this wildflower by Tacumshane Lake in Co Wexford in 2008 where I photographed it.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Clover, Alsike
Clover, Alsike

Alsike Clover was formerly cultivated as a forage crop and is thought to be a relic of cultivation.