Red Clover Seeds | Trifolium pratense
We look to red clover as a threefold plant ally:
- As a nourishing alterative plant that can support healthy aging and menopause when taken as a tea or infusion.
- As a nitrogen-fixing cover crop that's great for heavy clay soils
- As a green mulch: blocking weeds, holding in moisture, and breaking down into nutrient-rich organic matter to add to soil.
Red clover blossoms are rose to magenta colored with two trifoliate leaves (three leaflets each) below. Stems can grow up to 4 feet long, spreading from one central base.
The root is a deep tap root with symbiotic bacteria called rhizobia that can pull nitrogen from the air and make it usable to the plant, storing it in root nodules and enriching the soil.
These seeds are treated with rhizobium inoculant in order to spur nodulation.
Approximately 100 seeds, harvested for 2023.
Grown using only compost, water, & organic fertilizer, our plants are never treated or sprayed with anything at all.
Lifecycle: Biennial or short-lived perennial
Region: Native to temperate Eurasia
Actions: Alterative, nutritive, lymphatic, phytoestrogen, expectorant, antispasmodic
Parts used: Flowering tops & leaves
Indications: Aging, menopause, “blood building”, excess mucus, circulatory
Planting: Broadcast seed in spring, summer or fall. In warm winter areas the seed may be sown in the fall for an overwintering cover, or in cold winter areas it may be sown in the spring or in the summer.
Location: Red clover prefers fairly heavy soil, and does well to improve or break up clay or nutrient-deficient soils. If soil is acidic, add lime before planting clover.
Germination: 3-7 days
The majority of our seeds offered are saved from our small medicinal plant farm right here in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Our plants are grown only with water, compost, & organic fertilizer. NEVER sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or anything else.
There are some seeds that we have not been able to harvest in abundance ourselves yet, so these are provided by a farm here in Oregon that is certified organic by the USDA and Oregon Tilth.
Always check with local authorities (such as your county extension) to see if non-native plants are invasive or noxious in your region.
Noxious plants are illegal to grow and cannot be shipped across state borders. Invasive species should never be intentionally planted, but should be harvested from the wild instead.
They may hold medicinal value but they can destroy native ecosystems and habitats. There are likely less destructive alternatives with similar medicinal value that you can plant.