Scientific name: Trifolium pratense

Used by farmers for feeding their livestock, as well as a ground cover for adding nitrogen to soil, red clover is a nice looking garden flower that bees love, and is also an effective medicine.

Nutrientsred clover

  • Beta-carotene
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin Bs
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Selenium

Health Benefits

  • Blood & lymphatic cleanser
  • Helpful for skin issues eg. eczema, psoriasis (external or internal)
  • Helps with childhood respiratory problems
  • Helpful for menopause symptoms: esp. hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats
  • Contains anti-tumor compounds: could be used as a preventative for cancer-prone individuals

Cooking Tips

Red clover flowers can be eaten raw, in salads, smoothies, soups, and more! Make sure to use those colored bright pink or red and stay away from fresh or dried that look brownish.

Quick Remedies

(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)

  • Hot flashes (menopause): blend red clover, sage, and motherwort as a tea.
  • Lymph congestion: mix 2 parts red clover with 1 part calendula and violet leaf into a tea, 2-3x per day for 3 weeks.

How to Grow

Planting

As part of the legume family, red clover sends roots very deep and fixes nitrogen into the soil.

Where do you live?

Red clover is a perennial that grows best in zones 4-9, and is easily grown from seed.

Put em in the ground
  • Loamy, well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Not picky about its growing environment

Care

This is a pretty hardy, low maintenance plant, growing well in a broad set of growing circumstances.

  • Pests can include:
    • Brown spot and powdery mildew
    • Fungal infections causing leaves to wilt and turn yellow

Harvest

  • Right when the flowers open feel free to pick them, throughout the summer
  • Used fresh or dry