This ornamental clover is a vigorous grower and a colorful delight in the garden. Trifolium repens Atropurpureum features purple-bronze markings in the middle of its 3-part leaves, which turn green around the edges. It tolerates some foot traffic, making it a solid option for lawn substitutes. In the late spring and early summer, round white flowers grow on separate stalks above the leaves, attracting bees.
Spread by underground runners, this creeping, mat-forming perennial can be used as a ground cover or edging. Also consider for retaining walls, ponds, and shade gardens. For best results, plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.