|Scientific Name||Trifolium hybridum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||TRHY|
|Common Name||Alsike Clover||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||26261|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to subalpine (4500 to 10500 ft.); various types of moist soils in meadows, pastures, abandoned fields, and roadsides; widespread.
Plant: Short-lived, spreading to erect perennial 4 to 24 inches tall; slender, leafless stems.
Leaves: Composite leaves on a stalk up to 3 inches long palmately divided into 3 elliptic to obovate leaflets 3/8 to 1-1/8 inches long, hairless with very finely serrated sharp teeth along the edges.
Inflorescence: Single round flower head on a 1 to 3 inch erect or decumbent stalk arising from a leaf axil; heads about 3/4-inch across, densely packed with tiny pea-shaped flowers, each with sharply pointed upward curved banner with small lateral wings just below and keel in the throat; light pink to white flowers, turning darker pink with age; white, short, hairless calyx tube with green teeth.
Bloom Period: May to October.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and Minnesota Wildflowers
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