The zigzag clover is a herbaceous perennial plant with three leaflets and long dark green oval leaves. Its spherical purple flower blooms throughout the summer from June to August. The zigzag clover can be confused with the red clover (Trifolium pratense). It can be distinguished from the latter by its larger leaves and the lack of a white pattern on them.
It grows in meadows, on roadsides and in ridge- and semi-shady forests. Its range extends to almost all of Europe. Only big bumblebees, honeybees and some butterfly species eat and pollinate the zigzag clover, because it is difficult to get the nectar from its long-horned flower.
It is an edible wild herb and its blooms and leaves can be used, for example, in tea or in salads. Finding a four-leaf clover is believed to bring good luck.
The zigzag clover is a basic species of our forests, forming dense, wide ground cover with the help of their runners. As a light-favouring plant, it benefits from logging and grazing.
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