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Trifolium arvense
rabbit-foot clover, hare's foot
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Introduced chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon.

Habitat: Uncommon in waste places and roadsides.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Erect, pubescent annual, the 1-several stems 1-4 dm. tall, freely-branched.


Leaves trifoliate, leaflets linear-oblanceolate, 8-25 mm. long; stipules attached to the petioles, extending into narrowly awl-shaped free tips 5-10 mm. long.


Inflorescence of many-flowered heads, 5-25 mm. long and 10-13 mm. thick, axillary as well as terminal on the many branches; flowers 5-6 mm. long; calyx with plumose, appressed, aligned hairs, the 5 teeth bristle-tipped, twice as long as the tube, surpassing the white or pale pink, pea-like corolla; banner only slightly reflexed.


Pod indehiscent, 1-seeded.

Accepted Name:
Trifolium arvense L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 769. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Trifolium arvense in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Trifolium arvense checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Trifolium arvense atlas page.

CalPhotos: Trifolium arvense photos.

USDA Plants: Trifolium arvense information.

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