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PlantFiles: Alsike Clover, Swedish Clover
Trifolium hybridum

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Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trifolium (try-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Species: hybridum (hy-BRID-um) (Info)

Synonym:Trifolium elegans
Synonym:Trifolium hybridum var. elegans
Synonym:Trifolium hybridum subsp. elegans
Synonym:Trifolium hybridum var. pratense

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Category:
Groundcovers
Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pink
White/Near White

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

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Farmerdill On Sep 27, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

It is an interesting clover, mainly used for pastures in US. From the days of horse farming, it was very difficult to mow with horse drawn equipment. It would clog up the best mower available. Then when dried it would shrink to almost nothing. Those experienced with would play jokes on the inexperienced farmers by offering them a field for hay.

Neutral Terry On Sep 27, 2005, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Alsike Clover is a widely grown perennial clover, used in pastures for forage in Europe and North America. Named for Alsike, Sweden, it is hardier and more tolerant of wet soil than Trifolium pratense (Red Clover.)

Regional...

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

Troy, Virginia



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