Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Week of weeds: Day 3.

Rose clover (Trifolium hirtum) is an annual herb that is often included in cover crop mixtures for vineyards, not in the least because as a legume it has the ability to fix nitrogen.  With a tap root that can extend up to 78 inches in depth, rose clover is a valuable cover crop to sew in hillside vineyards that have problems with soil erosion. A native of Europe, rose clover often out-competes native clovers, however, it seems to be happily growing alongside a lot of hop clover, white clover and a tiny bit of crimson clover in Vinoland.
I don't think I have ever seen as much rose clover as I have seen this spring, it's everywhere. And not just on the slope above the homestead.

3 comments:

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

C&C

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Beat you to it on the crimson and clover thing (that video makes me laugh).
http://vinsanity-vino.blogspot.com/2010/04/crimson-and-clover.html

Dennis Tsiorbas said...

I think I was absent from school that day!