Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
Plant Spread: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Good as a cover crop
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self
Bees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Horseshoe (Efland, NC - Zone 7a) on Feb 23, 2012 9:19 PM

Crimson clover, a fantastic "green manure" and much more.

Crimson clover is a great fall/winter cover crop, protecting the soil from erosion, offering nitrogen to the soil, buffers the soil temperature extremes helping to keep soil biota more active and, when turned under, adds to the tilth of your soil.

In addition to the above when crimson clover flowers it brings in the bees and other beneficial bugs which contribute to pollination and helps create a balance of diversity in the "bug kingdom", a much -needed environment.

Crimson clover seed is easily broadcast by hand or by a "whirly bird" type seed sower. Broadcast 30 to 60 days before your first frost/hard freeze for best results. Till or rake seed shallowly for best ground contact. Once established it will easily winter over in many zones.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 29, 2011 5:37 PM

Short lived in my garden. It grows, it flowers and then it shrivels up and dies. Pretty enough to be grown as a garden flower. I love the shape and color of the flower.

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Posted by abhege (Grantville, GA - Zone 8a) on Apr 11, 2013 5:31 PM

We grow crimson clover every fall as a green manure and let it flower for the bees in spring then mow and till under. A very useful and very pretty plant!

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