Does well on soils where the true clovers have problems. Due to its large, deep taproot and substantial root branching, it does a great job breaking up heavy or compacted soils. A good plant for bringing nutrients from deep in the sub-soil to the upper horizon. Due to its rapid growth it is often used as part of reclamation seed mixes. Plants grow from 90-150 cm (3-5′) tall. This plant can self seed readily. As far as wildlife goes, it provides both cover and food for many birds, flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and the foliage is browsed by deer. Plant at 13.5 kg per hectare (12 lbs per acre).
How to Grow
600 seed/gram. Good seed to soil contact is required for any successful seeding. Begin with a finely prepared seedbed that is as free of weeds/debris as possible and firm with a stiff rake or roller. Sow seed 1.25 cm (1/2″) deep in spring or again in September. Late fall seeding around mid-October until winter arrives (known as dormant seeding) generally ensures that no seed will germinate until spring as the soil is too cold. Spring’s warm rains and snow melt will be enough to initiate germination.