Fig. 1 Trifolium repens 'Atropurpureum'
Trifolium repens L. 'Atropurpureum' (Fig.1) is one of many varieties of the plant that is commonly known as clover. It is a spreading perennial plant primarily grown for its purple foliage that floats above the long spindly petioles. This plant is supposedly valuable as a ground cover for hot and dry areas making it a good choice for erosion control.
This plant (Fig. 1) was available at our local nursery last week and I decided to try it in my garden. Initially, it will be planted in a container for observation to determine its growth vigor before releasing it to the ground. One can never be too cautious about plant families that have a reputation of being weeds.
The dark purple leaves (Fig. 2) provided the reason for this variety to be called Atropurpureum. I am curious to see whether the color will change under higher light intensity in the summer.
Fig. 2 Trifolium repens 'Atropurporeum'
This is as close as I can get to presenting you all a sprig of shamrock for luck...
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!