Trifolium arvense


Common Names: Rabbitfoot clover, hare's-foot clover, stone clover, oldfield clover
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Pea family


It is a small erect herbaceous annual, or sometimes biennial plant, growing to 10 to 40 cm tall. Like all clovers, it has leaves divided into three sessile leaflets, which are slender, 1 to 2 cm long and 3 to 5 mm broad, and sometimes edged with small hairs and finely serrated. The leaves have a pair of stipules at the base, often tipped in red. The flowers are grouped in a dense inflorescence 2 to 3 cm long and 1 to 1.5 cm broad; each flower is 4 to 5 mm long, rosy white in color, and especially characterized by the many silky white hairs which tip the five sepals, which are much larger than the petals. These hairs, along with the more or less oblong form of the inflorescence, are the inspiration for the common name.

It grows in dry sandy soils, both acidic and alkaline, typically found at the edge of fields, in wastelands, at the side of roads, and on sand dunes.

Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: White
 
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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