Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Cool Season

Red clover is a short lived perennial. It is a succulent upright plant. Grows best with higher precipitation and does not tolerate much salinity. It competes well in a blend. Can reseed itself, so must be managed to reduce reseeding.

Seeds/pound: 270,000 Seed/sq ft/pound of seed: 7.4


  • Nitrogen builder
  • Silage source
  • Intercropping
  • Erosion control
  • Weed suppression


  • Easy to establish
  • Can get multiple years out of one seeding
  • Fixes decent amount of nitrogen


Relatively low drought tolerance, bloat concern, can reseed itself.


Can be grazed. Caution to monitor bloat.


Succulent stems can be hard to dry down. Better suited to silage or wrapped bales.

Mycorrhizal support? Yes