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Crimson clover  

Trifolium incarnatum

'Crimson clover' is a plant in the Trifolium genus with a scientific name of Trifolium incarnatum.

Used as a cover crop and green manure to fix nitrogen, especially in organic farming. Fixes between 70-150 lbs/acre of Nitrogen from the air and releases other beneficial nutrients when lightly plowed into the earth. Blooms are very fragrant and will draw benefitial insects including lady bugs and bees as well as earthworms. Will also draw aphids.
Crimson clover can handle light frosts or freezes down to about 15 degrees farenheit. It blooms in late summer to early fall and can self-sow.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Crimson glory. Crimson clover grows as an annual and is a flower / legume. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Normally growing to a mature height of 91.44 cm (2.97 feet), Crimson clover grows with a ground covering habit. This plant tends to bloom in late summer. Try planting Crimson clover if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

Crimson clover is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Crimson clover have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Crimson clover

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

A full sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.6 and 7.5 as Crimson clover likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil.

See our list of companion Plants for Crimson clover to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Crimson clover from seed

Transplanting Crimson clover

Common Crimson clover problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Crimson clover plants:

Other names for Crimson clover

Italian clover

Crimson clover care instructions

How long does Crimson clover take to grow?

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