A native to most of Europe is a soft-seeded, deep-rooted annual clover, with upright growing habit and bright dark red elongated flower heads produced above the trifoliate leaves in mid to late spring. Its approximate has a 122-day life cycle during this time the plant can reach up to 60 cm in height. Its quick establishment and short life cycle make it ideal for short-term rotations. Sow seed in late summer to early autumn. The plant is dormant in winter, then quickly grows to a height of 1m in spring
Exceptional biomass with plant companion species
Will grow as a summer annual in cool climates or as a winter annual in warmer areas.
Grows well in most soils, including slightly acid ones so long as they are well-drained
Re-grows quickly after winter and provides an early spring forage legume
Used as fodder offers good-quality pasture, hay and silage
Has low or no bloat effect on ruminants
Deep roots penetrate the soil.
Early establishment and vigour can assist with weed control
Great soil structure improver when worked into the soil
Beneficial insects like bees and ladybugs are attracted by the magnificent flowers
For reseeding avoid grazing or cutting during and post-flowering, October– November until the seed matures in early summer.