The Alsatian Clover resembles the White Clover, except that the stalk is erect or ascending, and it does not root at the joints. The flower heads are delightfully tinted with a charming pink or rose colour slightly diffused with cream, and are, therefore, somewhat more beautiful than the latter species. They are exceedingly fragrant, and generally common.
The round, grooved, branching stalk is sometimes stout and juicy. It is nearly smooth, very leafy, and rises from one to two feet in height. The leaves are set on long, slender stems, and where the latter joins the stalk, the union is protected by two thin-textured and flaring wings or stipules. The leaf is compounded of three egg-shaped leaflets, which narrow toward the base and unite with short stems at the same point. They are unmarked, and the margins are finely cut with sharply pointed teeth. The numerous small florets are often nearly white. They are densely crowded into rounded heads on the tips of slender stems. The corolla is three or four times as large as the calyx, which is finished with awl-shaped teeth. As the florets open, they spread outward and downward; and as they fade, the dried, light brown husks form a rusty collar around the stem, lending a ragged touch to the tidy, still blooming florets above them. This species is sometimes cultivated for fodder. It blossoms from May to October, in meadows and along waysides, from Nova Scotia to Idaho, and south to New Jersey and Georgia.