Crimson Clover Cover Crop Seeds


This packet sows approximately 178 square feet.
4.875 out of 5 stars
(8 reviews)
Availability: Out of Stock
While the names are similar, crimson clover is different than red clover. This annual clover has larger, elongated flower heads with deep red, long-lasting blossoms that invite beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and bees. Like other clovers, crimson clover fixes nitrogen, but it's faster growing for quick benefits to your garden. Crimson clover grows best in cool weather, so grow it as a spring or fall cover crop. For maximum nitrogen, till, mow, or cut back with a weed trimmer at end of bloom and before seeds form. Grows in a variety of soils but does best if soil is well drained. Plants tolerate some shade so you can sow crimson clover in between rows or under tall plants, such as with corn or under fruit trees. A beautiful addition to fill spots in flower beds and borders. Flowers can be harvested and dried to make a delicious tea with a light, refreshing flavor.
$3.29 40 grams (~180 sq. ft.)

Botanical Name: Trifolium incarnatum

Days to Maturity: 70–90 days

Family: Fabaceae

Native: Europe, Turkey, Madeira Islands

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual. Hardy to -10°F.

Plant Dimensions: 12"–36" tall, 8"–12" wide

Variety Information: Upright plant with a taproot, typical 3-leaflet clover leaf and elongated, 1"-long flower heads with crimson flowers that open in succession from bottom to top. Crimson clover grows best in cool weather. In USDA zones 6 and warmer, it is grown as a winter annual for flowering the following spring. Flowers are produced only under long-day conditions (more than 12 hours of daylight).

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

When to Sow Outside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average first fall frost date. Can overwinter in USDA zones 6 and warmer.

When to Start Inside: Not applicable.

Days to Emerge: 7–21 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: Scatter seed about 2" apart

Thinning: Not applicable

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Crimson Clover Cover Crop Seeds Reviews

8 reviews

Love these red flowers!

5 out of 5 stars Apr 19, 2019
I've been growing these clovers now for two years in my garden for 1 part as a cover crop but I grow them mostly because the bees are crazy for them & the red flowers makes a delicious tea.
Simone from CA

Crimson clover

5 out of 5 stars Apr 23, 2019
I love it they're coming up right now after all this rain we got.
Laura from NY


4 out of 5 stars Jul 23, 2019
Loved the clover. Didn't come up as thick as I planted but I think that was my fault. They were really pretty when bloomed.
Carol Carol Northcutt from AZ

Love this plant!!!

5 out of 5 stars Aug 2, 2019
I grew Crimson Clovers earlier this year to protect my Swiss Chard by confusing moths & I fell in love with the Crimson Red flowers & the bees had a field day. Going to start more soon for fall food supply for the bees.
Simone from CA

A beautiful cover crop!

5 out of 5 stars May 20, 2021
I planted these seeds in two spots last fall and they survived over the winter, started growing strong in spring and now I have a beautiful stand of red flowers that the bees love - and even our Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are loving! One section is helping with erosion and poor soil conditions and also has a ton of red flowers. I will most definitely be sowing more of this around the property for its soil benefits and it's incredible red show of flowers!
Betsy from CT


5 out of 5 stars Jul 23, 2021
covered my borders in deep red for months - gorgeous
James Derek from MA

Crimson cliver

5 out of 5 stars Jan 11, 2022
Grew well in my garden.
Lori from OH

worked great

5 out of 5 stars Jan 14, 2022
I used these in a raised bed with a mixed planting of Tomatoes, Butternut squash, and runner beans they worked great. The flowers are spectacular! They were going to seed just about the same time as the other plants were needing the space. I cut them down and most politely died back into a mulch. I've tried some perennial clover at other times and it may have added to the soil but was always a problem in keeping it trimmed back.
doug from CO

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