Perennial, branching at the base, rooting at the nodes. Leaves: long-petioled; stipules narrow, lanceolate; leaflets obcordate, denticulate. Flowers: white or pinkish, in loose, globose long-peduncled heads; calyx teeth acuminate. Fruit: pods four-seeded. Not indigenous.
This Common or Honeysuckle Clover is widely distributed. It may be quickly recognized by the fact that the leaves all grow on long stalks directly from the root. This is an introduced plant.
Trifolium hybridum, or Alsatian Clover, is much taller and has numerous leaves growing up on its flower-stalks. The latter species is frequently pinkish in hue.
Clovers have a very close association with our childhood, those happy bygone days when we plucked out single flowers from the rounded heads and sucked the slender tubes of nectar; and always the sweet scent of the Clover blossoms recalls to us the well-remembered fields where "South winds jostle them, Bumble-bees come, Hover, hesitate, Drink, and are gone."
This is an introduced plant,