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Trifolium macrocephalum (Pursh) Poir.
Big-head Clover, Largehead clover
Synonym(s): Lupinaster macrocephalus, Trifolium macrocephalum var. caeruleomontanum
USDA Symbol: trma3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, 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
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACU || FACU |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff