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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The seeds can be sprouted and eaten in salads[1]. They can also be dried and ground into a nutritious flour[1]. Dried flower heads are a tea substitute[1].

Unknown part

Tea

Material uses

Used as a green manure. It is relatively fast growing, makes an excellent weed suppressing cover and fixes nitrogen[2][3][4][5]. It is also used with grass seed mixes in soil reclamation projects[6].
There are no material uses listed for Trifolium incarnatum.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Trifolium incarnatum.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Green manure


Soil builder


Nitrogen fixer

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring to early summer in situ. The seed can also be sown in early autumn as a winter green manure.

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Cultivation

Succeeds in a moist, well-drained circum-neutral soil in full sun[6]. Succeeds in poor soils.

The ssp. molinerli is the form of this species that is native to Britain, whilst ssp. incarnatum is naturalized in S. Britain and is the form grown as a green manure crop[7]. It grows well in an apple orchard, the trees will produce tastier fruit that stores better[8]. It should not be grown with camellias or gooseberries because it harbours a mite that can cause fruit drop in the gooseberries and premature budding in the camellias[8]. Fairly resistant to 'clover rot'[5].

This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[6]. Buttercups growing nearby depress the growth of the nitrogen bacteria by means of a root exudate[8]. When removing plant remains at the end of the growing season, it is best to only remove the aerial parts of the plant, leaving the roots in the ground to decay and release their nitrogen.

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Trifolium incarnatum. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Trifolium incarnatum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Trifolium incarnatum
Genus
Trifolium
Family
Leguminosae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
?
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
?
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Fertility
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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