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

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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 There also are perennial weeds, such as dollarweed, oxalis, white clover, dichondra, dandelion and Indian strawberry. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Lawn Care 101: How to spot and treat common turf issues before spring arrives," 24 Feb. 2018 Plant white clover as a ground cover or in containers. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "St. Patrick's Day Trivia: What Are the Odds of Finding a Four-Leaf Clover?," 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of white clover

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white clover was before the 12th century

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