Trifolium pratense | Red Clover | Seamair dhearg
Meadows, pastures and roadsides
Living collection in the National Botanic Garden.
Legume forage crop
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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It is widely grown as a fodder crop, valued for its nitrogen fixation, which increases soil fertility. For these reasons it is used as a green manure crop. Several cultivar groups have been selected for agricultural use, mostly derived from var. sativum. It has become naturalised in many temperate areas, including the Americas and Australasia as an escape from cultivation. The species is abundant in Ireland.