Red clover

Read our advice to help you learn about red clover. You’ll find information on the benefits and how to use red clover.  

What is red clover?

Red clover is a perennial legume that lasts for 2–4 years, with newer varieties lasting 4–5 years.

Unlike white clover, it has an upright growth habit and a strong, deep tap root.

Diagram of red clover plant structure. Copyright AHDB.

Why use red clover?

Find out the benefits of using red clover in your system, including feed value and nitrogen fixation.

Why use red clover?

How to use red clover

Find out how to use red clover to benefit your system. See our tips on growing clover with companion grasses.    

How to use red clover

Useful links

Learn more about grass and forage management

Find out more about managing clover

Clover species for grassland reseeding

How to assess the clover content of your pastures

Read the Establishing and growing clover guide

If you would like to order a hard copy of the Establishing and growing clover guide, please contact publications@ahdb.org.uk or call 0247 799 0069.

The information in these web pages was sourced from Germinal, Grassland Development Centre (IBERS, University of Aberystwyth) and Charlie Morgan (GrassMaster Ltd).

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