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Trifolium variegatum
white-tip clover

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout much of Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona.

Habitat: Dry, sandy soil to moist meadows.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous annual, the 1-several stems 1-6 dm. long, prostrate to erect.


Leaves trifoliate, petiolate; leaflets obovate to elliptic oblanceolate, 5-20 mm. long, the margins sharply serrate, the serrations with needle-like tips; stipules ovate, deeply lacerate.


Inflorescence of 3- to 40-flowered, involucrate heads 1-2 cm. broad on long axillary peduncles; involucres flaring and saucer-shaped, irregularly lobed and lacerate about half their length; calyx tube narrowly bell-shaped, 10-25 veined, the 5 teeth much longer than the tube, narrow and bristle-tipped; corolla pea-like, 5-20 mm. long, slightly longer than the calyx, purplish, often white-tipped, aging to purplish-brown.


Pod 1-2 seeded, usually rupturing the calyx.

Accepted Name:
Trifolium variegatum Nutt.
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1(2): 317. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Trifolium appendiculatum Lojac.
Trifolium geminiflorum Greene
Trifolium melananthum Hook. & Arn.
Trifolium polyodon Greene
Trifolium trilobatum Jeps.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Trifolium variegatum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Trifolium variegatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Trifolium variegatum photos.

USDA Plants: Trifolium variegatum information.

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