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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



Also Known As

Italian Clover

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Crops Crops

Bloom Season

April - May


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Annual
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Dry Soil
  • Clay Soil

  • Colors

    Native Range



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

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm

  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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