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Red clover

Trifolium pratense

Description:

Red clover is a herbaceous, short-lived perennial plant, variable in size, growing to 20–80 cm (8–31 in) tall. It has a deep taproot which makes it tolerant to drought and gives it a good soil structuring effect. The leaves are alternate, trifoliate (with three leaflets), each leaflet 15–30 mm (0.6–1.2 in) long and 8–15 mm (0.3–0.6 in) broad, green with a characteristic pale crescent in the outer half of the leaf; the petiole is 1–4 cm (0.4–1.6 in) long, with two basal stipules that are abruptly narrowed to a bristle-like point. The flowers are dark pink with a paler base, 12–15 mm (0.5–0.6 in) long, produced in a dense inflorescence, and are mostly visited by bumblebees.

Habitat:

Path-side bordered by a protected reservoir on one side and a restored prairie/wetland on the other

Notes:

The chevron in the middle of the leaves is a dead giveaway

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jazz.mann
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jazz.mann

Monee, Illinois, United States

Spotted on Jul 17, 2021
Submitted on Jul 19, 2021

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