Taxonomy

Trifolium repens | White Clover | Seamair bhán

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Habitat

Meadows, pastures and roadsides

Life cycle

Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

Seed accessions in the National Genebank, Backweston. Material held by Oakpark, Teagasc. Living collection in the National Botanic Garden.

Use

Legume forage crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Besides making an excellent forage crop for livestock, 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. They are not easy for humans to digest raw, however, but this is easily fixed by boiling the harvested plants for 5-10 minutes. Dried flower heads and seedpods can also be ground up into nutritious flour and mixed with other foods, or can be steeped. White clover flour is sometimes sprinkled onto cooked foods such as boiled rice.

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