Etymology: Trifolium: from tres for three; folium for leaves
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb; not rooting from the stems
Leaves: 3-parted into oval leaflets, stalked
Flowers: white when young then turning pink with age, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" long, distinctly stalked, calyx 2-lipped; inflorescence of many round, long-stalked, head-like clusters; blooms May-Sept.
Habitat: disturbed sites
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FAC- USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key