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Red clover

By: Garden Gate staff
Red clover has fuzzy red-pink flowers and a v-shaped marking on each leaf.

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Red clover Trifolium pratense

IDENTIFICATION — Red clover is cultivated as a hay crop in agricultural areas, but is considered a weed elsewhere. It has fuzzy red-pink flowers and a V-shaped marking on each leaf. It can reach 20 in. tall.

FAVORITE CONDITIONS — You’ll most likely find red clover growing in sunny areas along garden edges and perennial borders, but rarely in tilled areas. It’s quite tolerant of wet soil conditions.

CONTROL — The stems of this weed root at nodes wherever they touch the soil. A broadleaf herbicide is the best control.

Published: July 21, 2009
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