Rabbit-foot Clover – Trifolium arvense

Rabbit Foot Clover
Rabbit Foot Clover

This herb is native to most of Europe, but is not resident through out most of eastern North America. This plant has spread rapidly, and is now considered invasive in some places, including Hawaii. This plant is an excellent companion plant in the apple orchard; the trees will produce fruit that stores better, and has an improved taste!

Rabbit foot clover has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of diarrhea. When the whole plant is used to make a decoction, it is then used throughout the day to treat dysentery like diarrhea, and summer diarrhea in adults and child. It has been found to be effective even when other treatments have failed. This plant requires more research to prove or disprove this ability.

One of the primary modern uses for rabbit foot is for green manure and for its nitrogen fixing abilities. There is only some mild concern over the possibility of toxicity with horses and cattle. Sometimes the hair like fuzz on the flower heads can collect into felt-like, compact masses call phytobezoars (not unlike a cats hairballs), these can close the intestines causing a very distressful death for the animal.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Carolyn on June 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I am in South Carolina and my little horse pasture is getting thick in this plant. I haven’t turned my horses out in there since they have come up. I think they are annuals. I just have mowed them very short. the first of June. We’ll see if I have to spray herbicide.


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