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Oldfield Clover Trifolium arvense

Phonetic Spelling
try-FOH-lee-um ar-VEN-see
Description

Hare's-foot Clover is an annual or biannual in the legume family that is native to Europe and western Asia and is found in all areas of NC. It is found in sandy soils at the edge of fields, roadways, sand dunes, vineyards and orchards. It is widespread in the eastern and pacific areas of North America. 

It is a nitrogen fixation plant and has been used as a cover crop in low nitrogen soils. Sheep and goats will graze the leaves. It is also considered an invasive plant in other areas. Grows best in sun to partial sun in sandy soils.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#wildflower garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Trifolium
    Species:
    arvense
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Biennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe and western Asia
    Distribution:
    Waste places and roadsides
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Pink
    Flower Description:
    Fuzzy grayish pink flower head
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    1/2 to 1-inch long and 1/3 inch wide sessile leaflets in sets of three; soft, silky feel. Margins finely serrated or entire.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Erect to ascending hairy terete stems