One of the best ways to identify white clover is to look for the three-lobe leaves and beautiful, round white flower clusters. You might find it interesting to learn that white clovers actually enrich the soil with nitrogen, rather than deplete it of all nutrients, and that their blossoms are food for bees and other pollinators. Some gardeners use white clovers to produce a more eco-friendly lawn rather than eradicating them. So why not keep these little guys around, boost the biodiversity of your yard and get a little sweet treat out of it too!
White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Trifolium repensis, or white clover, is one pretty flower that is considered a weed in most of the US but actually has lots of benefits. The plant’s stems that come into contact with the ground turn into roots, causing the plant to creep and expand very quickly, which can be annoying, but it's also edible from root to flower head and is actually quite tasty!
White clover is considered a weed in most of the United States, but like the dandelion, it's completely edible and has lots of health benefits. A white clover tea, for example, is anti-inflammatory and beneficial for the immune system. One cup can help relieve colds and coughs as well. The leaves can be used as a replacement for spinach and the flowers are sweet and delicious in a salad.
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