Red Clover is a perennial legume. Introduced to America by British colonists, this spreading clover plant with red flowers is primarily used to feed livestock. Folklore holds the plant has medicinal properties.
Select this popular forage plant for pasture or hay. It grows well with other crops and makes a good companion plant.
Choose red clover for its nitrogen-fixing abilities. The plant has a remarkable ability to take nitrogen from the air and convert it to nitrogen enriching the soil.
Seed this easy-grow plant in late summer or early fall. Cast the seed out over a field of wheat, oats or grass. During the winter cycle of freezing and thawing, seeds work into the soil.
Use bee hives, one or two per acre, to pollinate red clover. The plant grows clover seeds after its flower is insect-pollinated.
According to Purdue University, folk medicine promotes red clover as a remedy for many ailments including bronchitis, cancer, rheumatism and ulcers. Though red clover does contain estrogen-like isoflavones, these natural compounds may have harmful side effects, so never ingest red clover or use it for medicinal purposes before consulting a doctor.
- Purdue University: Red Clover
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