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Friday, March 21, 2008

Isn't this a gorgeous clover?



Photo Courtesy of STEPABLES®.

Trifolium repens Atropurpureum (Bronze Dutch Clover)

The dark reddish leaves of Trifolium repens atropurpureum are edged in green and accented with white clover flowers in the summer. It has a multitude of common names, Bronze Dutch Clover, White Dutch Clover, Black Shamrock... Proven Winners has a selection called 'Dark Dancer'. Whatever the name, this is a particularly attractive plant for its foliage, which looks good along edges, between pavers and even in pots. It's also good for erosion control. It can be evergreen in warmer climates.

Height: 3 - 6"
Spread: 12 - 18"
USDA Zones: 4 - 8
Initial Spacing: 8"
Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flower Color: White
Foot Traffic: Suitable for occasional daily foot traffic.
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Scented: No

Sadly it cannot grow in my zone 10!

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6 comments:

Teri C said...

Wow, that is an amazing color for sure!!

Donna said...

Wow, that's beautiful. I've never seen anything like it before. How sad, I can't grow it either because I'm zone 10 as well.

Gina said...

what a pretty picture! I'm always drawn to clover because it reminds me of my grandmother. She us to keep us busy for hours looking for 4 leafed clovers in her weedy grass telling us stories of their magic. I've been thinking of getting something like clover to plant in my garden in her honor. these may just do the trick!

Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'll be coming over frequently to find information to help me not kill my new succulents.

Serena said...

OMG...you are not wrong....that clover IS gorgeous!!!

Thank you for the birthday wishes ~ (((Hugs)))

Rufino Osorio said...

Hello Julie,

The regular wild form of Trifolium repens grows very well in Zone 10 in Palm Beach County, Florida. Thus, I would expect the purple-leaved cultivar to also grow in Zone 10. The plant is described as having no scent; however, the flowers of most clovers, including this one, have a mild, sweet honey-like scent. You just have to get the flowers right under your nose and it has to be the right time of day.

Kind regards,
Rufino

Julie said...

Thankyou, Rufino! How exciting!!!