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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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Common names
  • Crimson Clover
  • Italian Clover

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Location: Northeastern Texas
Date: April 16, 2010

Date: 2023-04-16
Photo by piksihk

Date: 2009-04-11
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2018-05-12
Location: Jacksonville TX
Date: 2020-04-02
#pollination #bees
Location: Field jogging trail
Date: 2018-03-24
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2024-03-30

Date: 2009-04-11
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-09-24
Location: Vacant lot MS Gulf Coast
Date: 2019-03-30
#pollination
Location: IL
Date: 2012-05-04
Location: IL
Date: 2016-10-17
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-06-23
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2024-03-30

Date: 2011-06-23
 Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2007-05-02

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Photo by Horseshoe
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-08-17
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2018-05-23
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2013-02-20
Location: IL
Date: 2016-10-17
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2018-05-12
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-06-24
blooming
Location: Northeastern Texas
Date: April 16, 2010
Crimson clover has naturalized throughout much of North America

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Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-04-25
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-04-25
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2024-03-30
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2024-03-30
Location: Grantville, Georgia
Date: 2013-04-11
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-19
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2018-05-12
Location: Tarlton
Date: 2018-05-12
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-06-10
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-05-17
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-09-03
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-04-25
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Comments:
  • Posted by Horseshoe (Efland, NC - Zone 7a) on Feb 23, 2012 9:19 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by abhege (Grantville, GA - Zone 8a) on Apr 11, 2013 5:31 PM concerning plant:
    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!
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 29, 2011 5:37 PM concerning plant:
    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.
Plant Events from our members
flaflwrgrl On November 1, 2015 Seeds sown
West field mid way from house.
flaflwrgrl On April 19, 2015 Bloomed
Blooming on the west side of the culvert right at the mouth of it.
flaflwrgrl On November 26, 2014 Seeds sown
Experiment. 5 lbs. inoculated seed from Outside Pride.
Catmint20906 On June 17, 2015 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On May 31, 2015 Plant emerged
piksihk On May 15, 2018 Obtained plant
Seeds from jogging trail
dnrevel On February 27, 2024 Seeds sown
Planted in sunflower row at home. Will need to see if they are bothered by rabbits. Will add spray to plantings when sprouts start to emerge: Mix warm water with dish soap, garlic cloves and hot sauce and spray your plants right before the sun goes down.
dnrevel On February 26, 2024 Seeds sown
Planted at Johnson Project grow with fencing, furthest north row inside next to the fence. Added fencing to protect from deer.
dnrevel On August 28, 2023 Seeds germinated
Growing. Hoping I might see a flower or two before the frost comes in October, however deer came and ate up the young plants. Evidently it's a favorite!
dnrevel On August 15, 2023 Seeds sown
At Johnson, Beds 3 & 4.
Retro67 On March 16, 2024 Seeds sown
sewed on south faces with mix.
Retro67 On August 22, 2023 Seeds germinated
Seeded South east hugel with crimson clover and vetch.
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