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PlantFiles: Hop Clover
Trifolium procumbens

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trifolium (try-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Species: procumbens (pro-KUM-benz) (Info)

Category:
Annuals
Groundcovers
Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Negative GEENP On May 22, 2009, GEENP from Ridgeley, WV wrote:

Terrible, the worst. How do you get rid of it?

Neutral melody On Jun 13, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Not really a problem in my yard, since I have a yard as opposed to a lawn. My philosophy is live and let live, although someone who gets into a perfect carpet of uniform green could get agitated by this plant.

It forms lush little mats of deep green and seems to thrive on a weekly trimming by the lawnmower.

Originally from Europe, and Little Hop Clover (T. dubium) is somewhat famous as a contender for recognition as the Irish Shamrock.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Benton, Kentucky
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dallas, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Ridgeley, West Virginia



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