Crimson Clover - Trifolium incarnatum Crimson Clover - Trifolium incarnatum

Herb: Crimson Clover

Latin name: Trifolium incarnatum

Family: Leguminosae

Edible parts of Crimson Clover:

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

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

May to

Habitat of the herb:

Grassy places near the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

Other uses of Crimson Clover:

Used as a green manure. It is relatively fast growing, makes an excellent weed suppressing cover and fixes nitrogen. It is also used with grass seed mixes in soil reclamation projects.

Propagation of the herb:

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.

Cultivation of Crimson Clover:

Grassy places near the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Trifolium incarnatum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.