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Rabbit-foot Clover Flowering

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Have you noticed a fuzzy-looking, pinkish-gray border of flowers roughly a foot high, lining the sides of the roads you travel?  Rabbit-foot Clover (Trifolium arvense) is easy to distinguish from other plants because of its exceptionally hairy flowerheads and trifoliate leaves (leaves divided into three leaflets). This member of the legume/pea/bean family derives its common name from the resemblance of its flowerhead to a rabbit’s foot, due to the abundance of hairs which protect the flower and help the fruit disperse in the wind. Unlike some clovers which are perennial, Rabbit-foot Clover is an annual species found growing in sunny, sandy disturbed areas, such as the shoulders of roads. It was introduced from Europe and can be toxic to livestock.