Strawberry clover is named after its fruiting body that closely resembles a strawberry. Until it flowers, it can be difficult for the inexperienced eye to distinguish this plant from the much more common white clover. It is hardier and more tolerant of harsh environmental conditions than white clover. The plant was first discovered and described in the Netherlands in the 16th century. In the meantime, it is very common in the delta region and Wadden Islands, although it grows well along the entire Dutch coast. It is found along river banks more inland, but there it is declining in number. Strawberry clover is native to Europe, but is also cultivated as green manure and for hay, silage and bees.