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Trifolium repens 'Atropurpureum'
ENLARGE IMAGE Gorgeous bi-colored foliage for interesting ground cover

Trifolium repens 'Atropurpureum'

Bold ground cover for shady spots
Item: #TRIAT3P
ZONE 4,5,6,7,8,9
As low as $11.19
  • Fast-growing ground cover for full to part sun
  • Benefits pollinators
  • Hundreds of late spring flowers
  • Great lawn alternative
  • Ship size: 3 ½" Pot
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Trifolium repens 'Atropurpureum' Description

Prized for its shocking appearance in the landscape, this clover looks like a houseplant that wandered outside and somehow survived. But in fact, it is actually quite cold hardy, thriving in USDA zones 4-9, and is much easier to care for than an indoor plant. It grows freely in average soils and will spread by creeping stems, able to fill in areas with bare soil prettily. Perfect for planting next to pathways, within mixed borders, or as a ground cover in shaded areas. It performs well in pollinator gardens, where it provides nectar early in the season with its pretty white flowers and it will benefit the rest of your plants as it is a nitrogen fixer.

Special features: Cold hardy, low maintenance, fast-growing, ground cover, beneficial to pollinators, drought tolerant, attracts bees

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Trifolium repens 'Atropurpureum'
  • Common name:
    White clover
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    3 1/2" Pot
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
    Average to moist, tolerates dry
  • Height x width:
    3-6" X 3-12"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
    Green and dark purple
  • Bloom season:
    Late spring to early summer
  • Uses:
    Container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, ground cover, small spaces, pollinator gardens, lawn replacement
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Soil: Will grow in most soils, but prefers soils with good drainage.
Light: Grows in full to part sun, but performs best in part sun.
Water: Enjoys moist, but not soggy soil while establishing and throughout life in the garden. Once established it will tolerate dry conditions.
Spacing: 6-12"
Fertilizing: Does not need fertilization, but if desired a light application of all-purpose garden fertilizer can be done in spring.
Winterizing: No winter preparation is needed.
Maintenance & pruning: Spent flowers can be cut off, but this isn't necessary. If a compact habit is desired, shear back after spring bloom. In extreme heat plants may wilt, in this case you can cut back them back to see a flush of re-growth later in the season.