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Gardening sheet trifolium willdenowii


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Gardening sheet trifolium willdenowii

  1. 1. Tomcat (Seaside) Clover – Trifolium willdenowii (try-FOH-lee-um wil-den-OH-vee-eye) Family: Fabaceae (Pea Family) Native to: Western N. America from British Columbia to Baja – mostly coastal ; fairly common to abundant in CA grasslands, but also found in other plant communities in spring-moist soils. herbaceous annual mature height: 1-2 ft. mature width: 1-2 ft. Small annual clover with linear leaflets that are green touched with burgundy. Root is a taproot. Plants may be short-lived perennials in our climate. Plants improve soil nutrition (soil Nitrogen). Growth characteristics: Blooms in spring in our area (Mar-June). Flowers are typical for clovers, the small flowers contained in dense ‘heads’. Tiny flowers are lovely, rose/mauve to violet – attractive. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: Makes and interesting addition to the native prairie or wildflower garden. Good groundcover under fruit trees. Can be grown in pots and planters. grasses. Foliage edible raw or cooked. Try combining with native Sensible substitute for: Non-native annual groundcovers. Attracts: Excellent habitat plants. Many pollinators, including butterflies and bees, are attracted to the nectar. Birds and small animals eat the seeds. Larger animals eat the foliage. Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun to part shade Any, including heavy clays Need winter/spring water (can even take flooding); withhold water in summer after blooming. none Somewhat salt tolerant. Easy to grow. Don’t grow near camellias or gooseberries (harbors a mite destructive to these plants). Leave roots in soil after plants die to retain soil Nitrogen. Management: Propagation: from seed: presoak overnight in hot water. Plant in pots/prepared beds in fall/winter. Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 2, 10, 16, 19 12/13/10 © Project SOUND