Crimson Clover in Minnesota - Knowledgebase Question

Minnetonka, MN
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Question by dsaufferer
February 10, 1998
Want to grow "crimson clover" as an annual in the yard.
Think it will tolorate sun to part shade areas and survive under the oaks, in a sandy soil. Is that correct?
Is there another quick growing seed that will cover in part shade areas andflower in mass?

Answer from NGA
February 10, 1998
Crimson clover will ultimately grow to a thick stand in summer, though it does take a while to get started. If this is the only plant grown on the site, you should seed it at about 1/2 lb/1000 sq ft. It doesn't like acidic soil, so it may not like itunder the oaks, since their fallen leaves increase soil acidity. You can check your soil pH with a home test kit, or have the extension service test it for you. Peaceful Valley Farm Supply offers a North American Partial Shade Wildflower mix (1/4 lb. is around $10) that might be a better choice. Also, Vinca minor (periwinkle) grows well in partial shade and covers the ground quickly while providing beautiful blooms, though I haven't yet found a source of seed. Burpee offers plants, though! Enjoy!

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