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red-spotted clover

Medicago arabica


The scientific name for this clover is Medicago arabica and the proper name for them is Spotted Burclover.. Finding clover with red spots was unusual. Each single pedal on the clover had a red spot. Have provided two websites that explains this clover.


These red-spotted clovers were found on a man-made dyke field (that holds back large amounts of water) in Braithwaite, Louisiana.

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35 Comments (1–25)

Beth21 a year ago

I have a son who can look down and find a four-leaf clover any day-I never can even though I spent my childhood searching for them.

One day while walking to my car from work in Davidson, NC I noticed some clover and I stopped to look since they remind me of my son. They had little red hearts on them!!

I researched and found that they are somewhat rare. I contacted the Biology department at Davidson College near where I found them and they didn't care much although they were very nice. Same with my colleagues who were not nearly as excited about them as I was.

I transplanted some to my yard in Cornelius, NC and am working hard to help them spread. My neighbors think I am working on getting better grass but really I am pulling out grass to make room for these to spread. :)

I just love these. :) They remind me of David-maybe I already said that.

Donna18 a year ago

Grows in East Texas

E12 a year ago

My small pasture in Scurry, Texas is covered in these clovers.

jthancock a year ago

I spotted these for the first time the other day when I was at a volunteer site in Little Rock, AR

GlendasGifts 2 years ago

Spotted these yesterday in a pecan orchard in Byron GA. First time I have seen clover with a heart.

maplemoth662 2 years ago

Three, very interesting photos....

maplemoth662 2 years ago

Three, very interesting photos....

bill7 2 years ago

Franklin TN near Winstead Hill 2 years ago

Thank you Karen8 for adding Manchester TN to the spotting of this clover.

karen8 2 years ago

I found some here at my house in Manchester, TN
Thank you for the information you have provided. 2 years ago

Thank you evesten for providing this information about the red-spotted clover. Such an interesting plant and I have only seen it one time. Thanks again. Mary

evesten.erastus 2 years ago

In Lackey, Mississippi, I just came upon a patch for the first time. As a lifelong, avid foot watcher, I was pretty stoked. Right at my feet was one with four leaves. <3

Rob10 3 years ago

This is not a clover, this is a medic. A clover is a trifolium species. This medic is related more to lucerne (alfalfa). Medics are easy to distinguish from clovers as the centre trifoliate leaflet's petiole is longer than the other two. In countries like Australia, it is commonly called "Spotted Medic". Letting people know it is a medic assists in weed control for the correct choice of herbicides it tolerates and pest control for anticipating attach. For example 24D and MCPA harms this species and aphids common to lucerne (alfalfa) like the blue-green aphid and spotted alfalfa aphid attack it. 3 years ago

I don't know Erin23. I personally think any clover gives me a feeling of good luck. 3 years ago

Nickinrichard. Thanks for adding Alabama to the list of red spotted clover 3 years ago

Magill7907. Just saw your comment on the red spotted clover. It is an interesting clover with its pretty hearts. I live in Maryland and known here's

NickinRichard 3 years ago

They here in my yard Tuscaloosa Alabama 4 years ago

Thank you RaySavard for letting me know about your spotting. It is cool! Liked your picture of them.

RaySavard 4 years ago

Found this in Pilot Point Texas, and even found a stem of 4 leaf clover. Cool. 4 years ago

Thanks for info Mark about seeing them in Oregon. I have yet to find any in Maryland.

MarkWilson5 4 years ago

Have some growing here in Myrtle Point, Oregon. 4 years ago

I've only seen them in LouisIana. Thank you for your comments

SigntrName1974 4 years ago

I just found huge batches of them around my house here in Ashdown, Ar. Ive never seen these before.. Everything ive found says it only grows in the Garden of Gesthseme

WaynePropst 4 years ago

We have these In Tyler Texas right now. Growing every where.
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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Feb 9, 2014
Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

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