Thursday, June 12, 2008

White Flower Challenge - Day 12

Trifolium repens
Trefoil, White clover

Mainly considered a weed when we find it in our lawns, clover is actually a valuable part of our food chain. Clover provides an important source of nectar for honeybees. It is commonly cultivated as fodder because it continues to produce a palatable crop even after repeated mowings or munchings. It also adds nitrogen to the soil so is often used as a cover crop.

A close look at its flower reveals that it is related to peas and beans.

And if whilst inspecting it, you find a four leaf clover it's your lucky day!


Dana said...

As I child, I would spend hours plopped in clover patches in our yard, searcing for the lucky 4 leaf formations! I love clover honey, too!

Beverly said...

Okay, you are amazing me with this, and it's only day twelve.

Every day another beautiful bloom. You are spoiling me.

Amongst The Oaks said...

Thank you Beverly for commenting every day. I just hope I can actually do this all month. I'm carrying my camera everywhere and stopping when I see white flowers. I didn't realize it would be such a challenge.

Hollyhock Lane said...

Wow! I never knew that! I will surely look at these fellers in a much different light! I appreciate that insight!