Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1538

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Mountains, uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in fields, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Red
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Trifolium incarnatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Trifolium incarnatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-14-004:
Trifolium incarnatum   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Crimson Clover


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image of Trifolium incarnatum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_trin3_001_lvd

        

image of Trifolium incarnatum

JK Marlow    jkm0404zc_12

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

image of Trifolium incarnatum

JK Marlow    jkm120405_569

April    Pickens County    SC

Dense heads of crimson flowers, first ovoid, then cylindrical, up to 3" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Trifolium incarnatum

JK Marlow    jkm120405_571

April    Pickens County    SC

Flower heads are not subtended by leaves or expanded stipules, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Trifolium incarnatum

JK Marlow    jkm120405_574

April    Pickens County    SC