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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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    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

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