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Trifolium vesiculosum - Arrowleaf Clover

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Fabales - Family: Fabaceae

Trifolium vesiculosum, Arrowleaf Clover

Above: Arrow-leaf Clover in the Aveyron region of southern France

Description

The striking bi-colour flowers make this one of the most beautiful of clovers. Its annual plants are sprawling but can grow up to 70cm in height.

Distribution

Arrowleaf Clover is not native to Britain. It occurs naturally in parts of southern Europe including Italy, Greece, Corsica, western Turkey and the Balkans.

There are several other kinds of reddish clover, including Zigzag Clover Trifolium medium, Strawberry Clover Trifolium fragiferum and Knotted Clover Trifolium stratum, a downy-leaved plant.

Trifolium vesiculosum, Arrowleaf Clover, southern France

Uses

Arrowleaf Clover is relatively deep rooting and copes with dryish habitats. This robust plant is sometimes grown as a fodder crop.

The plants shown on this page were photographed in southern France in May.


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