Taxonomy

Trifolium pratense | Red Clover | Seamair dhearg

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Habitat

Meadows, pastures and roadsides

Life cycle

Annual

Ex-situ conservation

Living collection in the National Botanic Garden.

Use

Legume forage crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

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.

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