Trifolium macrocephalum (Pursh) Poir.
Big-head Clover, Largehead clover
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Synonym(s): Lupinaster macrocephalus, Trifolium macrocephalum var. caeruleomontanum
USDA Symbol: trma3
An unusual low clover with large round heads of red to deep pink pea flowers.
The large red heads of two-tone flowers make this one of the prettiest of Clovers. The name Trifolium, referring to the trio of leaflets, is contradicted in this species, which usually has 6-9.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Eastern Washington to east-central California, western Nevada and Idaho.
Native Habitat: Sagebrush deserts and pine woods.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Trifolium macrocephalum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Trifolium macrocephalum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Trifolium macrocephalum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff