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Trifolium incarnatum/Crimson Clover

Trifolium incarnatum / Trifolium incarnatum
Close-up image of a highway right-of-way planting
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Close-up image of a highway right-of-way planting

Long stretch of highway right-of-way in full spring bloom

Typical highway wildflower planting in spring bloom

Thick ground cover planting in full spring bloom

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Scientific Name: Trifolium incarnatum
Common Name: Crimson Clover
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Annuals for the Cool or Cold Season
Comments: This is a self-seeding annual that is a popular spring flowering wildflower along highway rights-of-way, especially in the South. Very large acreage can be seeded for a relatively small budget. This plants helps to build soils by adding nirtrogen back to the soil. It is also planted to aid in erosion control on steep slopes durinng the winter and spring months.