Not to be confused with: Crimson Flax (aka
Scarlet Flax) (Linum grandiflorum) [an escaped garden plant belonging to a differing family]
There are two sub-species of Trifolium incarnatum:
Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum ssp. incarnatum) which is the above.
Long-headed Clover (Trifolium incarnatum ssp. molinerii) which is very similar to Crimson Clover, but has a long yellowish white flowering spike of pea-like flowers.
Crimson Clover was once farmed on arable land as fodder food for cattle. Like all Clovers, it fixes its own nitrogen, so requires no extra nitrogen fertiliser. It is now found occasionally on arable land, a dormant seed awoken, as on the above photographs here where the land is now used to grow grass for cattle to graze upon. It has such a long and striking flower-head that it is now much more likely to be grown in a garden for show.
Similar to: (Common)
Red-hot-Poker (Kniphofia uvaria), but that has stamens which hardly protrude from the flower and has leaves which have blunter tips.
Uniquely identifiable characteristics
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