Monday 5th June 2017
White Clover (Trifolium repens)
White clover is a common type of forage crop in pastoral farming for ruminants such as sheep, goats and cattle. This wildflower can tolerate low mowing and is therefore often seen in patches along the mowed site frontage, its distinctive ‘shamrock’ shape with three leaflets and white flowers often forming dense mats. The flowers attract bumble and honey bees for nectar and inadvertently to help spread the Clovers pollen. Unfortunately the clover has been a victim of its own success, it is considered a weed on lawns and often competes for space in large grassland areas such as the mown areas at Rainford with rarer grasses and wildflowers.