Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
N Fixer. The best clover for N fixation, soil structure and weed suppression. Sow March to September. Lasts for at least two years and will make silage. br>Red clover can be used as part of your greening measures, as a 'pasture legume' or a 'nitrogen fixing crop' option.
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established it’s capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The highest yielding strains of red clover are called 'double cut' varieties, normally providing quick regrowth after cutting and several flushes or cuts per season. The 'single cut' strains of red clover, notably the variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering approximately 10 days later than the 'double cut' strains.