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Trifolium repens ‘Pentaphyllum’ (Black-leaved clover)


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(Also known as ‘Atropurpureum’ 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.


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  

Flower Head Size 
  Very Small 

   8-10 cm  
   3-4 inches

   30-45 cm  
   12-18 inches

Foot Traffic 

Growth Rate 

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