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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    This clover is used primarily as a cover crop and fodder, but it is also a good nectar source for bees.

    Latin Name

    Trifolium incarnatum


    Family

    Fabaceae


    Also Known As

    Italian Clover


    Type of Plant

    Annuals
    Crops

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 1.5'
    Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Dry Soil
  • Clay Soil

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Europe


    History

    George Washington planted red clover extensively as a cover crop at all his farms.


    Other Details

    Pollinator
    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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