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Red Clover

Red Clover

Lauren saw these Red Clover in a field in Alnmouth Northumberland and was stunned by their magenta colour; so loud amoungst the subtle country colours!

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is native to Europe, and we’d be surprised if you hadn’t seen this around over the summer. Pratense is actually the Latin for “found in meadows”, so, no surprises there.

Usually accompanied by a drowsy bumble bee or two, red clover springs up everywhere. Amelia remembers being told by a friend at school that she too could drink the honey out of clover if she sucked at the pink petals! It seemed quite sensible at the time…

Red Clover is commonly used as a nitrogen fixer, to increase soil fertility. It is traditionally used in treating skin problems, as well as hot flushes and night sweats during the menopause as it helps the body to balance oestrogen.

These uses date back to the middle ages, when it was seen as a symbol of protection and good luck. The Romans, Ancient Greeks and Celts even revered it!

Do you have any sunny, summer memories of red clover? Have you ever used red clover to alleviate itchy skin, or rashes? Share your #flowerthoughts with us in the comments and on Twitter!

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