This annual legume, a native of the Mediterranean region, is also referred to as Egyptian clover and is important in continental and Southern Europe, North Africa and India at different areas on the Southern hemisphere, where it is grown as forage under medium rainfall conditions or under irrigation.
Berseem clover is an erect plant, rather similar in growth to red clover, it is best adapted to neutral to alkaline soils and has some tolerance to saline soils. Although sometimes included in pasture mixtures to increase the protein content of winter feed, it does not withstand grazing well and can be sown by itself as well as in mixtures as a high protein forage for cutting. It distinguishes form Persian clover by its lower dry matter content, somewhat lower fresh yields and later flowering.
Elite II characteristics
Rainfall required: 550mm+
pH-range (CaCl2): 5,5 – 8,0
Growth habit: Erect
Establishment: Very fast
Application: Silage, light grazing, green manure
Sowing rate: 3-7 kg/ha, in mix with grasses and legumes