Alsike Clover - Trifolium hybridum Alsike Clover - Trifolium hybridum

Herb: Alsike Clover

Latin name: Trifolium hybridum

Family: Leguminosae

Medicinal use of Alsike Clover:

A cold infusion of the plant has been used as a wash on the breasts of a nursing mother in order to increase the milk flow.

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

June to

Habitat of the herb:

Roadsides in Britain.

Edible parts of Alsike Clover:

Leaves and flower heads - raw or cooked. Boiled, or after soaking for several hours in salty water. A delightful and healthful tea is made from the dried flower heads. They are usually mixed with other teas. The dried flower heads and seeds can be ground into a nutritious flour.

Propagation of the herb:

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring in situ. If the seed is in short supply it might be better to sow it in pots in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

Cultivation of Alsike Clover:

Roadsides in Britain.

Known hazards of Trifolium hybridum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.