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White Clover
(Trifolium repens)

 

White clover was introduced from Eurasia and naturalized in moist areas throughout the United States. The solid, creeping stems, up to 15 inches long, root at the joints or nodes where they touch the soil. The leaves, which vary widely in size and shape, develop from the crown and joints of the stems. Flower heads, composed of 20 to 40 individual white to pinkish-white florets are borne on long stalks. White clover thrives in clay to silt-loam soils, but can do well in sandy soil if irrigation is available.

Drill or broadcast seed 0.6 to 1.3 cm (¼ to ½ in.) deep. Inoculate seed prior to planting to induce nitrogen fixation. Planting should be made in spring or late fall in cool climates and late summer in warm and southern climates. White clover is used as a pasture legume and is used to stabilize disturbed, eroding soil. It grows well in a mixture with small plants.

 

SEEDING RATES:

LAWNS

0.5 to 0.9 kg/93 sq. m
1 to 2 lbs./1000 sq. ft.

PASTURE

2.8 to 3.4 kg PLS/hectare
2.5 to 3 lbs. PLS/acre

 

NUMBER OF SEEDS:

825,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)

 

VARIETIES:

Ladino

Ladino is a large type of white clover that is often grown with Bermuda grass and carpet grass.

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