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Common Name: Strawberry Clover

Scientific Name: Trifolium fragiferum

Native / Introduced: Introduced

Highlights / Main Uses:

~Reclamation of wet, saline sites

~Erosion control

~Lawn and pasture mixtures

Height: 6-12 inches

Colors: White to light pink

Flowering Season: Spring to late summer

Soil Types: Adapted to a wide range of soils


~Moderate to saline and alkaline

~Wet soil

Sun or Shade: Full sun and partial shade

Minimum Precipitation: 15-18 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 4-8 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 300,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall or spring

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inches

Category: Legume



Strawberry Clover, scientifically known as Trifolium fragiferum, is a perennial plant that belongs to the legume family. It is characterized by its stoloniferous growth pattern, which means it produces above-ground runners (stolons) that help it spread and cover a wide area. One of the notable features of Strawberry Clover is its ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, making it a valuable addition to soil health.


This versatile plant is well-suited for various soil types, demonstrating adaptability to a wide range of soil conditions. It exhibits moderate tolerance to saline, alkaline, and wet soil environments, which makes it particularly valuable in challenging landscapes. Strawberry Clover can play a pivotal role in the reclamation of wet, saline sites, helping to restore and stabilize these areas.


In addition to its reclamation properties, Strawberry Clover is also employed for erosion control purposes. Its dense growth and root system help prevent soil erosion by binding soil particles together, thus reducing the risk of sediment runoff during heavy rainfall or other environmental stressors.


Moreover, Strawberry Clover finds utility in lawn and pasture mixtures. Its ability to fix nitrogen enriches the soil, promoting healthy grass growth alongside other plant species. This can be advantageous in agricultural and landscaping contexts, as it can contribute to the overall fertility and productivity of the land.


For successful cultivation and growth, Strawberry Clover typically requires a minimum precipitation level ranging from 15 to 18 inches annually. This information is crucial for farmers and land managers, as it helps them determine whether the local climate and rainfall patterns are suitable for cultivating this beneficial legume. Overall, Strawberry Clover is a valuable and versatile plant species that can serve various ecological and agricultural purposes, thanks to its adaptability and nitrogen-fixing capabilities.


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