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Commodities: Field Crops: Forages

Georgia Forages: Rose Clover

Dr. Dennis Hancock,
Forage Extension Specialist
Crop & Soil Sciences Dept. Rose Clover

Rose clover is commonly grown in California, but it had not been widely grown in the Southeast until recently. It has hairy leaves and stems and a growing season similar to crimson. It is winter dormant and produces forage later and flowers later than crimson (though it matures earlier than arrowleaf). It is more drought tolerant, more tolerant of acid soil conditions, and a better reseeder than crimson. It generally stands up well under heavy-grazing, but animals should be removed in mid-April to allow the stand to produce seed.