Trifolium pratense

Red Clover

Hairy plant, ascending stems. Leaves on stems divided palmately; 3 leaflets 1/2–1 1/2 in., egg-shaped, with lighter central patch. Flower head at top, bright deep red, uppermost leaf with bract-like stipules surrounding flower head. Grows in disturbed soils at low to mid elevations. Important forage crop originally from Europe, often planted in fields, along roadsides; makes large displays in spring. Recently thought to be toxic to horses.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--24 in
  • Habitat: Vernal Wet, Disturbed, Meadow
  • Found In: , Siskiyous, Steens, Wallowas, Mt. Rainier Np, Olympic Np, N Cascades Np
  • Native: No