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Common Name(s): White Clover
Scientific Name: Trifolium repens
Trifolium repens, commonly known as White Clover, is a herbaceous, mat-forming perennial, 5-20cm tall, with white or cream to pinkish-tinged flowers. It grows among turf grass, crops, and in a large number of other landscapes. It is also found in a limited range of different field type environments. White clover can tolerate close mowing, and can grow on many different types and pHs of soil, but prefers clay. It is considered to be a beneficial component of natural or organic lawn care due to its ability to fix nitrogen and out-compete lawn weeds. Natural nitrogen fixing reduces leaching from the soil and can reduce the incidence of some lawn diseases that are enhanced by the availability of synthetic fertilizer.
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