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Strawberry clover
(Trifolium fragiferum)


An uncommon species of clover most often seen in coastal sites, where it can displace white clover as the dominant legume in mixed grass-cover swards. The natural distribution observed suggests this species may be more tolerant of salt than white clover. Commercial cultivars are now available.

Vegetative identification

  • Leaves are hairless;

  • leaves very similar to white clover but slightly more oval in shape and veins a little more pronounced;

  • leaf surface between veins is undulating in white clover and smooth and velvety in strawberry clover.

    Compare leaf with white clover.

  • Flower heads usually a little smaller than white clover;
  • flowers have a pinkish tinge;

  • flower parts swell on maturity to a very distinctive ball shape;

  • seeds similar in size and shape to white clover but a little darker in colour.

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