Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Red Clover

This is Red Clover, Trifolium pratense, a member of the bean family, Fabiaceae. As such, it has the special root nodules containing bacteria which fix nitrogen, making it widely planted as a soil improver. I had thought it was another annual, but it is in fact a 'short lived perennial'. I'm not exactly sure what the definition of 'short lived' might be, but suspect at least three years (or it would be 'biennial') and fewer than thirty.
Post a Comment