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Trifolium pratense

Red clover

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Key information

Plant type

Native perennial

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Fiona Lea, copyright GAP Photos (83665)

Plant details

A perennial plant, native in a wide range of grasslands. It does not like acidic soils. Because members of this family fix nitrogen from the air into the soil it is quite common for farmers to sow a clover such as Trifolium pratense var. sativum into stubble as a short term ley to improve the soil's fertility.

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Trifolium

Species: pratense

Plant type: Native perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 40cm


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