A Clover of a Different Color

By Charlie Nardozzi

White or Ladino clover is usually thought of as a weed in lawns or as a forage crop for animals. However, there are some attractive varieties of white clover gardeners can grow as a ground cover. These are not as invasive as the wild white clovers, but still are easy to grow.

One of the more attractive selections is 'Dragon's Blood' white clover (Trifolium repens 'Dragon's Blood'). It features mint green leaves with white edges. In the center of each leaf is a touch of "dragon's blood" red coloring. Small, white, pompom-like flowers appear in early summer. The plant grows best in part shade and is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9. It only grows 3 to 4 inches tall and can be cut back and rejuvenated in midsummer. It does spread, but not as aggressively as its wild cousins. You can use 'Dragon's Blood' white clover as a filler in container plantings and as edging in the front of a border.

For more information on this unusual white clover, go to: Heritage Perennials

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