Clover, Red

Medical Herbs Catalogue


Clover, Red

Botanical Name: Trifolium pratense (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Leguminosae

Synonyms: Trefoil. Purple Clover.
Part Used: Blossoms.
Habitat: Abundant in Britain, throughout Europe, Central and Northern Asia from the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle and high up into the mountains.

Red clover
(Trifolium pratense)
Click on graphic for larger image Description: A perennial, but of short duration, generally abundant on meadow land of a light sandy nature, where it produces abundant blossom, forming an excellent mowing crop. Not of great value as a bee plant - the bees not working it for so long as they will the white variety.

Several stems 1 to 2 feet high, arising from the one root, slightly hairy; leaves ternate, leaflets ovate, entire, nearly smooth, ending in long point often lighter coloured in centre, flowers red to purple, fragrant, in dense terminal ovoid or globular heads.

Medicinal Action and Uses: The fluid extract of Trifolium is used as an alterative and antispasmodic. An infusion made by 1 OZ. to 1 pint of boiling water may with advantage be used in cases of bronchial and whooping-cough. Fomentations and poultices of the herb have been used as localapplications to cancerous growths.

Dosages: 1 drachm of fluid extract, 1 to 2 drachms of infusion.