PlantsTrifolium→Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 6 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2014-05-09whole pulled plant  32 inches tip to tip
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Location: Nature Reserve Gent, BelgiumDate: 2009-05-22
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Location: Aberdeen, NCDate: November 3,  2021Red clover #49 (RAB p. 589; 98-14-5); LHB p.581, Latin for three
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Location: Nature Reserve Gent, BelgiumDate: 2009-11-25
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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 19, 2011 12:58 AM

Red clover is an old plant, celebrated historically for its magical powers. At one time it was credited with the ability to protect against evil and witchcraft. The four leaf clover, an occasional variety resulting from mutation, was and still is considered a sign of luck.

Medicinally it was used to ease coughing, colds, sore throats and skin irritations. Native Americans made a salve of it to help cure burns. In spring they also ate the leaves of the plant (a relative of the pea) as a vegetable. Red clover tea is still used by some herbalists as a remedy for sore throats.

In agriculture it is used as a soil improving cover crop, as fodder for cattle and it is a good source of nectar for honeybees.

Its name comes from the color of its blooms.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 15, 2013 9:46 PM

Vermont's state flower.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 27, 2013 4:21 PM

Red Clover is a common clover growing in meadows, along roadsides, or in ditches. It seems to like growing just about anywhere. The blooms are attractive to bees.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Dec 11, 2020 12:47 PM

Range: throughout. Additional info: like many Clovers, this does not make good hay. If cut late in the season and fed in quantity to livestock it is debilitating, for reasons not entirely known.

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