crimson clover


: an annual European clover (Trifolium incarnatum) that has cylindrical heads of crimson flowers and is cultivated in the U.S. especially as a cover crop

Examples of crimson clover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cover crops like Austrian winter peas, crimson clover or fava beans are good options for home gardeners using no-till methods. oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2023 These include red clover, crimson clover, vetch, peas and beans. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2023 Terracing the hills, tilling as little as possible and sowing plants like buckwheat and crimson clover prevented topsoil from eroding. Linda Qiu, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2022 Nguyen plants cover crops among the wheat rows; crimson clover, for example, helps replenish nitrogen levels in the soil. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Feb. 2022 For example, crimson clover and phacelia are relatively easy to incorporate into the soil. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021 Visitors can walk through 10 acres planted with crimson clover, a flowering herb. Susan Soldavin,, 20 May 2021 For example, planting cover crops such as spring oats or crimson clover helps stop weeds from taking root in bare soil, and growing a variety of crops in rotation can wrong-foot weeds helping to suppress populations. Natasha Gilbert, Wired, 19 Dec. 2020 Working with Colleen Forestieri and Erin Fuller of the county conservation district and with Jennifer Tank, Kolberg had been planting cover crops of ryegrass and crimson clover for several years to protect his land during the off-seasons. Tim Folger, National Geographic, 17 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crimson clover was in 1839

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“Crimson clover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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