Trifolium hybridum L.

Alsike Clover Field
Symbol: 
TRHY
Group: 
Dicot
Family: 
Fabaceae
Description: 

Herbaceous winter annual legume with an erect growth habit. Plants are densely hairy. Unbranched stems reach 1-3 feet tall. Inflorescence is a cylindrical or conic flower head 1-2 1/2 inches long containing many small (1/2 inch) bright scarlet (or occasionally white) florets that open in succession from the bottom to the top of the head. Trifoliate leaves are palmately trifoliolate, with egg- to heart-shaped leaflets 1/2 to 1 inch long, finely toothed near the tip.  Stipules are elliptic, blunt, violet-veined, reddish-tipped, and mostly fused with the stem. Taproot and numerous fibrous roots extend 12-20 inches deep. Seeds are yellow and borne singly in small pods. Seeds are larger and more rounded than red clover seeds, with approximately 120,000 to 150,000 seeds per pound.

Identification

Type: 
Legume