Red Clover Discovery

Red Clover
Photography copyright © Serena Kovalosky

Red clover is among the oldest species on the property, dating back to at least 1962 despite having been weeded, mowed and otherwise ignored.

As a child, I was fascinated by the white markings on its leaves, making it seem quite exotic for such a simple plant.

Clover Leaves. Copyright © Serena Kovalosky
Photography copyright © Serena Kovalosky

As I dutifully weeded the vegetable garden, side-by-side with my mom throughout my chilhood, I often wondered what would happen if I just let it grow.

In 2020 I found out. Between the pandemic and caretaking my now-elderly mom, I didn’t have time to plant (or weed) a full garden that year. The red clover, which always used to end up in the weed pile, grew to an exceptional size which delighted the bumblebees that visited the garden.

Red Clover bush with a bumblebee
Photography copyright © Serena Kovalosky

I vowed to never pull it up again and it is now a permanent resident of the vegetable garden.

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And Now for the Science…

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is one of the true clovers, a herbaceous species of flowering plant in the legume family. Native to Europe and Western Asia. Red clover is a good pollen and nectar source for bumblebees. It is a nitrogen-fixing plant and is often grown as a cover crop to improve soil fertility.
Sources: Wikipedia, Cornell University

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