Ball clover

Species: Ball clover (Trifolium nigrescens L.)
Cultivars: non available; just ‘common’
Origin: Mediterranean region
Use: Grazing, pasture
Description:
General:Life Span: Short, 1-2 feet tall, erect growth, similar in appearance to white clover however, ball is an annual.
Annual
Adaptation:
pH:
Soil:Rainfall:
6.5 and up
Loam, clay-loam. Tolerates poor drainage. Prefers moist bottomlands but adapts to fairly dry sites also.
Good moisture conditions.
Management:
Seeding Rate:
Planting Date:
Planting Depth:
Seed Cost:
Season of Use:
Production:
3-4 lb/A
September-November
0.1-0.25 inch
$15-18/A
April-May
Notes:
  • Starts spring growth later than most annual clovers.
  • Inoculate with Rhizobia bacteria specific to ball clover (Type B).
  • Poor seedling vigor but excellent reseeding ability.
  • High bloat potential.

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