Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park

 
 

Red Clover
Trifoilium pratense
of the Pea family
a perennial
20-60 cm high
blooms May-September

likes meadows, fields, road verges, grassy banks
can be seen extensively throughout the Park

   
Many a lad has spent hours combing the grassy banks trying to find a four-leaved clover. In days gone bye these were thought to ward off witches.
The roots of Red Clover have tiny nodules which are able to fix nitrogen from the air making fertiliser. Scientist are currently trying to transfer the bacteria in these nodules to crop plants in an attempt to save farmers thousands of pounds in fertiliser bills. The flowers can be made into wine and cough syrup.