Best time to Discover May – September
Colour Purple, Red
Habitat Grasslands and roadsides
Where Throughout Europe
These furry topped plants are a member of the legume family. Often used in herbal medicine and found in many health shops these days, the wonderful Red Clover is abundant throughout Ireland and the UK.
They contain isoflavones, a type of polyphenol and associated with a number of health benefits, including increased antioxidants and maintaining blood vessel health.
In the olden days red clover has been used to treat asthma, coughs and cancer.
Today, Clover tea and small amounts of it in dishes is said to help with high cholesterol, indigestion and menopause symptoms.
Red clover is a friend of their environment, they fix nitrogen into the soil which is absorbed by other plants. “
“The use of forage legumes such as white clover, red clover and lucerne as well as grain legumes such as field beans and peas can significantly reduce the need for the application of inorganic nitrogen fertiliser” (farmingforabetterclimate.org)