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Trifolium macrocephalum (Pursh) Poir.
Big-head Clover, Largehead clover
USDA Symbol: trma3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
CA , ID , NV , OR , WA Native Distribution:
Eastern Washington to east-central California, western Nevada and Idaho. Native Habitat:
Sagebrush deserts and pine woods. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff