Plant Number: 1.523.050   

Black-leaved Clover
Trifolium repens ‘Atropurpureum’


(Also known as ‘Pentaphyllum’ 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.

Zone 4 to Zone 9

Conditions     Appearance    
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
  Partial Shade

Soil Type

Soil pH

Soil Moisture

Care Level

Foot Traffic

Rate of Spread
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