Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1540

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in lawns, on roadsides, in 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
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013

 

LEAVES:
Palmately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

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

FRUIT:
Spring/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 repens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Trifolium repens   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-14-008:
Trifolium repens   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
White Clover, White Dutch Clover, Ladino Clover


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_trre3_001_lvd

        

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Roxanna Martin    rlm41711_298

April    Spartanburg County    SC

40-80 flowers in a nearly globose head. The standard longer than wings & keel, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Tim Spira    tpstrepens_closeup1

April        

Flowers white or pink-tinged. Flower stalks without leaves, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Tim Spira    tpstrepens_clump1

April        

Stems creeping and rooting at nodes, peduncles arising from prostrate stems, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm150516_068b

May    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets elliptic to obovate, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and palmately compound

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JK Marlow    jkm150516_068d

May    Greenville County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm53010_490

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Erect stems bear one flower head or leaf, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm100605_003

June    Greenville County    SC

Can you find three four-leaved clovers in this picture?

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JK Marlow    jkm180601_2661

June    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Flowers borne on distinct pedicels. Calyx lobes narrowly triangular, per Weakley's Flora.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm6110_19

June    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowerheads on long bare stem, per www.plant-identification.co.uk