Alsike Clover

Trifoleum hybridum

Alsike Clover


Found in every area of Canada, this plant is adapted to a cool climate and heavy, poorly drained soil. It has been reported to cause liver damage in horses and cattle. Some symptoms with horses are blindness, depression, depression, staggering gait, cirrhosis of the liver and severe kidney problems. Additional symptoms in cattle may be laboured breathing and cyanosis. A recent necropsy on a llama in northern Washington revealed alsike clover poisoning. This is the first time that we have heard of llamas being affected by this plant, and the scary part is that the poisoning was as a result of contaminated hay.