Hare's-foot Clover

Trifolium arvense

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About

Hare's-foot Clover is a widespread plant of dry grasslands and sandy soils, inland and at the coast. The pale pink flowers are covered in soft hairs, giving it the downy look of a hare's or rabbit's paw, hence the common name.

How to identify

Like other clovers, Hare's-foot Clover has trefoil leaves, but with relatively narrow leaflets. The pale pink flowers are borne in oval heads and appear from June until September. The hair that covers the flowers is a distinguishing feature of this clover.

Where to find it

Grows in coastal areas in the UK and across the central and eastern regions of England.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland and coastal habitats for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. Careful grazing with traditional breeds, hay-cutting at the right time and scrub clearance are just some of the ways these fragile habitats are kept in good condition - supporting wildflowers like Hare's-foot Clover and, in turn, invertebrates and the larger animals that prey on them. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too, and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Hare's-foot Clover
Latin name
Trifolium arvense
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 25cm
Conservation status
Common.