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Monday 23 May 2022

Crimson Clover - trifolium incarnatum

 This incredibly vivid member of the clover family was seen growing near a road beside the hills on Belfast. What a distinctive and pretty flower it is, along with the regular members of the clover family we find here it also is edible, shoots, leaves and flowers and the seeds can be ground into flour. It's almost too pretty to eat.

It is said that this plant got its striking colour when the Roman soldier who pierced  Christ's side withdrew his spear and a drop of the saviours blood fell upon a white clover flower staining it blood red.