Red Clover is a perennial weed, but unlike white clover it has a tufted
growth form with a strong tap root. Leaves are divided into three leaflets, each with a light
coloured "V" marking on them. Red clover has pinkish flowers about 13 - 25mm across, which flower
between May and October. It has a similar appearance to white clover but red clover leaves and
flowers are generally larger and it tends to grow more upright.
If there are only a few
plants hand weeding may suffice, however if the infestation is severe chemical control will be
needed to control red clover, choose a selective weed killer that contains mecoprop or
alternatively a combination of fluroxypyr & clopyralid such as 'Verdone Extra', a further
application may be needed for red clover. For more information on the application of selective
herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page. Once
the weed has been removed or controlled the bare area can be filled with a mixture of suitable
soil and grass seed to aid recovery.