Clover (Nepeta cataria)

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Types
    2.   1.2  Obtaining
    3.   1.3  Uses
  2.   2.  More
  3.   3.  'Souls
Common Name Clover
Latin Name Nepeta cataria (genus)
Icon(s) Clover
Red Clover Red Clover
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1.  Description

All three clovers are invasive perennials.

1.1  Types

  • Red Clover (Trifolium pratense): This herbaceous, short lived plant is variable in size, growing to 20–80 cm tall. The leaves are trifoliate. The flowers are dark pink with a paler base.
  • Alsike Clover (Trifolium hybridum): The spring-autumn blooming plant is 1–2 feet (30–60 cm) tall, and is found in fields and on roadsides. The stalked flower is pale pink or whitish.
  • Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens): Low growing, with heads of whitish flowers, often with a tinge of pink or cream that may come on with the aging of the plant. White clover grows among turfgrass, crops, and in a large number of other landscapes.

1.2  Obtaining

  • Extremely Common (wild growth)

1.3  Uses


Clover, either sown alone or in mixture with ryegrass, has for a long time formed a staple crop for soiling, for several reasons: it grows freely, shooting up again after repeated mowings; it produces an abundant crop; it is palatable to and nutritious for livestock; it grows in a great range of soils and climates; and it is appropriate for either pasturage or green composting.

  • Livestock: Makes an excellent forage crop for livestock.
  • Edible: Clovers are a valuable survival food: they are high in proteins, widespread, and abundant. The fresh plants have been used for centuries as additives to salads and other meals consisting of leafy vegetables.
  • Medicine: The Cherokee used an infusion of the plant to treat fevers as well as Bright's disease. The Delaware and Algonkian natives used the same infusion, but as a treatment for coughing and the common cold.

2.  More

3.  'Souls

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