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Trifolium repens ‘Atropurpureum’
Trifolium repens ‘Atropurpureum’
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Trifolium repens ‘Atropurpureum’

Black-leaved Clover

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 1.523.050

(Also known as ‘Pentaphyllum’ or ‘Purpurascens Quadrifolium') This selection of the common creeping clover makes a handsome edging or groundcover plant. Foliage is three or four-leaved, dark purple-black with a green margin. White flowers appear briefly in early summer. A very nice filler plant in tubs or mixed containers. Because of its vigorous habit, do not plant next to slow-growing alpine plants that might get smothered. Trim back hard in midsummer to rejuvenate the foliage, if plants begin to look scruffy. Easily divided in spring or fall. May be used as a lawn substitute and mowed at any time to the desired height.

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Trifolium repens ‘Atropurpureum’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
Foliage Color
  Light Green
  Purple Black
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Ground Cover
   8-10 cm
   3-4 inches
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate