One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall clover that is widely grown for fodder. Native to Europe, it has become naturalized in North America.
Trifolium hybridum, family Leguminosae
- ‘Horse owners should be able to recognize the different red, white, and alsike clovers so that poisoning can be prevented.’
- ‘Nutritionally, white and alsike clovers are similar to alfalfa.’
- ‘As a precaution alsike clover should not be fed to horses in amounts greater than 5% of the feed.’
- ‘A cool and moist environment is ideal for alsike clover growth; it has poor heat and drought tolerance.’
- ‘Hay or pasture containing a large percentage of alsike clover is generally not recommended for horses.’
Mid 19th century: named after Alsike in Sweden; Linnaeus mentions the plant growing there.
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