white clover


Definition of white clover

: a Eurasian clover (Trifolium repens) with round heads of white flowers that is widely used in lawn and pasture grass-seed mixtures and is an important source of nectar for honeybees

called also Dutch clover, white Dutch clover

Examples of white clover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other main plus to white clover, besides a long growing season and palatability, is that this plant is a perennial. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "What’s the Best Food Plot Forage for Each Region?," 28 May 2020 Still others like chicory and lablab thrive in dry summer heat while plants like white clover struggle. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "What’s the Best Food Plot Forage for Each Region?," 28 May 2020 Add some Dutch white clover (Trifolium species), English daisy (Bellis perennis), and baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) around the edges to break up the sea of green. Popular Science, "Grass isn’t always greener—here’s what to plant instead," 23 Apr. 2019 Their grave at Rosedale Cemetery has no headstone and is covered in white clover. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "The brothers shared a bunk bed growing up in Brooklyn.," 24 Jan. 2020 The paths around the beds, which would be a sloppy mess this year if left bare, are planted with a tough perennial cover crop named New Zealand white clover. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019 There are many different types of weeds that can spoil a lush, green lawn: crabgrass, dandelions, white clover, quack grass, wood sorrel, bindweed, broad-leaf plantain, cinquefoil and creeping charley to name a few. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 Or is white clover in the lawn a weed or a great plant for attracting pollinators like bees? Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "What's the actual difference between a weed and a flower?," 25 May 2018 Plant perennials among garden plants for stable habitats, or white clover as a groundcover in orchards. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 11 May 2016

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“White clover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20clover. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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