Most commonly known as crimson clover, this wildflower is also called Italian or French clover in reference to it's native Europe. This annual species blooms in a strawberry red, and it's delightful fragrance attracts bees by the score! A non-invasive, annual species of clover, it is often used as a cover-crop. In southern climates, plant it during your off-season, and watch the amazing results of this rich, nitrogen producing plant!
It can be used as a shade-tolerant flower in a garden to attract beneficial insects, or it can be sown away from a garden to lure rabbits away from plants. Crimson clover is best adapted to the heavier, well-drained soils, performing poorly on dry, sandy, and poorly drained sites. It is a host plant and nectar provider to bees and many butterfly species. Crimson Clover is said to have been used for tea and wine making, however we don’t have any personal experience with this.