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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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06 November, 2016

White Clover: the Dutch clover



Along with daisies and dandelions, white clover (Trifolium repens) is the sort of plant you pass by without a second look because it is so common. That is a shame because it is actually a very attractive little flower but as it only grows just above ground level you have to take the trouble to look at it.
There are around twenty four species of clover in the British flora and apart from the similar but rare western clover found in Cornwall it is quite distinctive and should not be confused with any of the other clovers. The flower head is white and often has brown tinges around the base where the first of the individual florets are dying off and being replaced by fresh new one above. Clovers are members of the pea family and each individual floret is a tiny pea shaped flower. Often planted as a fodder crop it can be found on grassland almost everywhere, especially where the turf is short and well grazed. The flowers are visible from May through until November.
Also known as Dutch clover but a very common English plant! It spreads rapidly and could be considered a problem in some 'wild' areas where it can out grow many other species but the flowers are a very popular nectar source for bees and other insects and so we should not get too worked up about it.
White Clover: the Dutch clover