Fabaceae
Trifolium depauperatum

Poverty Clover

Stems erect to decumbent. Plant very small, hairless. Stem leaves divided palmately, 3 leaflets oblong to egg-shaped, entire to toothed, tips blunt or lobed. Flower head small, with 3 to many flowers. Flowers pink to magenta, often tipped with a darker zone and a white tip. Remarkably, with age they expand and inflate like tiny balloons. Grows in alkaline soils, salt marshes, coastal meadows, vernal-wet areas, at low elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 4--10 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, Vernal Wet, Meadow, West-Side Forest, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes