Fabaceae (Pea Family)
A common, introduced perennial plant, growing to a height of 10 - 60 cm.
Distinguishing Features - Leaves: compound, with 3 broad leaflets (sometimes 4) 1.3 - 2.5 cm long, with tiny teeth on edges, a pale triangular mark appears on each leaflet. Flowers: white or very pale pink, on separate stalks from leaves, 6 - 13 mm long, pea-like, in clusters 2 cm wide, browning with age; calyx hairsless; no collar beneath head; flowering late May to autumn.
Native to Europe; introduced to North Atlantic, throughout; in a wide variety of environments, pastures, meadows, vacant lots, lawns and roadsides.
White Clover is grown in some locations as sweet forage for sheep and cattle. It is very common in lawns, where one may sometimes find a "lucky 4-leaved" clover.
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