Crimson Clover

Trifolium incarnatum

   

Description

Morphology

Annual legume, medium to large size (40_80 cm). Stems are upright, cylindrical, solid and very hairy. Leaves are trifoliate, each leaflet hairy, 8-16 mm across, with a truncated or bilobed apex. The inflorescence is in the shape of elongated heads, terminal position, on elongated spikes, bearing 70-120 deep red flowers (warning, there are also varieties with white flowers). Pods contain a light yellow oval seed, TKW is 3.5g This is a diploid species, partially cross-pollinated with 2n = 14.

Geography

Culture

Chemical Composition
In % Water Nitrogen Fat Soluble carbohydrates Fibrous carbohydrates Ashes
Forage: green
Forage: hay
Usage
Benefits
  • Species reserved for annual meadows and pastures
  • Production of a single cut (to consider as a catch crop)
  • Adapted for dry cultures
  • Good energy and protein value
  • Doesn’t cause bloating
Limitations
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Not suitable for clay, cold and acid soils
  • Does not support the excess water
Techniques
Seedlings Period Spacing Depth Amount sown
In rows – cm – cm – kg/ha

 

In q/ha In green In hay In grain
Yield 0-0 0-0

 


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