© Alfred Cook (Photo ID #8500)
Perennial herb from a taproot; stems several, ascending to erect, 10-60 cm tall, rarely rooting at the nodes, slightly hairy.
Alternate, palmately compound; leaflets 3, thin, elliptic to egg-shaped, 1-3 cm long, fine-toothed, glabrous except for short curly hairs on the stalks; stipules narrowly egg-shaped, veined, 5-25 mm long, the tips long-tapering.
Inflorescence a dense, globe-shaped, axillary head of pea-like, spreading to nodding flowers, the heads 1.5-2.5 cm wide, without involucres, on stalks to 15 cm long, mostly longer than the subtending leaves; corollas pink to reddish or white, 5-10 mm long; calyces 1/2 -1/3 as long as the corollas, sparsely hairy at the base of the green, awl-shaped teeth, the tube 10-veined, whitish.
Pods, oblong; seeds 1-3.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present over the Summer
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BWBS(3), CWH(2), ESSF(1), ICH(4), IDF(50), MS(13), SBS(25)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Trifolium elegans Savi
Trifolium hybridum subsp. elegans (Savi) Asch. & Graebn.
Trifolium hybridum var. elegans (Savi) Boiss.
Trifolium hybridum var. pratense Rabenh.