Crimson Clover, Italian Clover Trifolium incarnatum

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Botanical Name:

Trifolium incarnatum







Common Name:

Crimson Clover, Italian Clover

Seeds Per Pound:
3.18 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
10-20 inches
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Crop Year:
In Stock: 3.18 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 88 seeds)
10 gram (~ 1963 seeds)
1 oz (~ 5564 seeds)
1 lb (~ 89019 seeds)
1 kg (~ 196253 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: Broadcast, drill or hydroseed on prepared seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Trifolium incarnatum, known as crimson clover or Italian clover, is a species of clover in the family Fabaceae, native to most of Europe. The species name incarnatum means "blood red".
* This upright annual herb grows to 20-50 cm tall, unbranched or branched only at the base. The leaves are trifoliate with a long petiole, each leaflet hairy, 8-16 mm across, with a truncated or bilobed apex. The flowers are produced throughout the spring and summer, rich red or crimson, congested on an elongated spike inflorescence 3-5 cm tall and 1.5 cm broad, the individual flowers are up to 10-13 mm long and have five petals. The banner of each flower does not sit upright, but folds forward.
* Crimson clover is widely grown as a protein-rich forage crop for cattle and other livestock. It can typically be found in forest margins, fields and roadsides.
* It is sown as quickly as possible after the removal of a grain crop at the rate of 20-22 kg/ha. It is found to succeed better when only the surface of the soil is stirred by the scarifier and harrow than when a plowing is given. It grows rapidly in spring, and yields an abundant crop of green food, particularly palatable to live stock. It is also suitable for making into hay. Only one cutting, however, can be obtained, as it does not shoot again after being mown.
* In Great Britain it is most valuable in the south, though less successful in northern regions.
* It has been introduced into the United States, originally as forage for cattle. It is often used for roadside erosion control, as well as beautification, it tends, however, to eliminate all other desirable spring and early-summer species of native vegetation in the area where it is planted. more...
Trifolium incarnatum , known as Crimson clover or Italian clover , is a species of clover in the family Fabaceae , native to most of Europe . The species name incarnatum means "blood red".
Physical Characteristics  Trifolium incarnatum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate. It is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to September, and the seeds ripen from Jul to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, self.The plant is self-fertile. It can fix Nitrogen. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It cannot grow in the shade.It requires moist soil.The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.
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