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Trifolium repens

Common Name(s):
Clover
Cultivar(s):
Atropurpureum 'Dark Dancer'
Categories:
Edible Plants, Groundcover, Perennials
Comment:

Prostrate mat-forming perennial, about four inches tall and spreading 12 inches or more by stems that root freely; considered by many as a lawn weed. Native to Europe, the plant has naturalized to lawns and roadsides and fields throughout North America, frequently used as a cover crop due to nitrogen fixation; good forage for livestock.

Wildlife Value:   Attractive to native and honey bees.

Season:
Spring, summer, winter cover crop
Height:
4 inches
Flower Color:
White
Hardiness:
Hardy
Foliage:
Trifoliate (three-part), green, sometimes with red or purplish tones or flecks of white
Flower:
Globular, white; flowers and leaves are on separate stems
Habit:
Prostrate, creeping
Size:
Small
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Mat
Propagation:
Stems, seed
Exposure:
Full sun
Soil:
Tolerant of most soil conditions
Regions:
North America
Edibility:
Leaves
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Tags:
edible weed, clover, weed, bees, edible, pollinators

NCCES plant id: 2835

Trifolium repens White clover
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0
Trifolium repens T. repens variety Atropurpureum 'Dark Dancer'
Patrick Standish, CC BY - 2.0