Crimson Clover (not org)
Trifolium incarnatum Tender biennial legume. Up to 18". Vigorous clover for cover cropping and bee forage. Rapid growth in cool weather makes this an excellent spring or fall green manure. Stunning crimson spikes make good cut flowers. Flowers produce a lot of nectar and attract several species of bees. More disease-resistant than other annual clovers. Will grow in most well-drained soils. Easy to mow. Survives a 28° frost, dies at hard frost. Seed at 25-50#/acre, 1½#/1000 sq ft. As cover crop: Good orchard cover crop because it tolerates shade and its fast germination and thick growth provide good weed control. Good between garden rows making a thick dark green carpet. Biennial, often—but not always—winter-killed in Maine, forms a thick mat that can be easily raked off garden beds in spring. Raw seed; use with Alfalfa and Clover inoculant. Baystate Organic Certification Note: Organic use of conventional seed requires a search for an organic version first.