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Trifolium repens, photo courtesy of Mark Turner
Trifolium repens, photo courtesy of Mark Turner

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Trifolium repens

White Clover, White Dutch Clover

Perennials, Flowers

Sometimes mixed with lawngrass or dichondra seed. Prostratestems root freely, send uplush cover of leaves with threeleaflets. Can stain clothing;white flowers attract bees.These colored-leaf varietiesgrow 4 in. high, spread indefinitely,and are used as groundcoversor at front of borders:‘Atropurpureum’ (also sold as‘Dark Dancer’) features blackishpurple leaves edged ingreen; ‘Green Ice’, lime greenwith dark green margin; ‘Purpurascens’,maroon outlined ingreen. T. r. minus is one of theshamrocks. All take nitrogenfrom air and fix it in soil throughaction of bacteria on their roots.

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