Scientific NameTrifolium pratense
This short-lived perennial grows from April into September. It flowers beginning in June through the end of its growing period. The erect stems can grow up to 2 in long.
The hairy, alternate leaves are composed of three leaflets. The oblong leaflets usually have a whitish V in the center.
This plant is differentiated from other species by growing more erect. Most clovers prefer to grow in a prostrate manner.
Flower Seed Head
Flowers form in heads usually an inch in diameter. The individual pink flowers that make up the head are typically shorter than 5 mm.
The ovoid, yellow seeds form in pods 4 to 5 mm in length.
This plant is usually planted in pastures for grazing, however it can usually be found in most types of turf.
upright and nonwoody,
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval