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Wildflower series: Wild White Clover, No. 1

Max Buchheit

OTTAWA, Canada

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Macro shot #1 of wild white clover.
Location: the Fletcher Conservation Area in Ottawa, Ontario. The area is the site of a very old homestead now reverted to the wild.

Shot on a July evening, 2012.

Further details from Andy’s Northern Ontario Wildflowers

White clover; also known as Alsike clover, Dutch clover, wild white clover; perennial introduced from Europe and Asia.

Flower: White to pinkish white; occur in terminal clusters 15 – 20 mm across; each globe-shaped cluster contains up to 40 individual flowers, up to 10 mm long.

Leaves: Alternate, compound, with 3 leaflets, each 2 – 5 cm long; 1-3 cm long; often have an inverted “V” shape on the upper surface.

Stem: Green, hairy, with nodes; plant often roots at the nodes; up to 50 cm long.

Height: up to 50 cm.

Habitat: Open fields, grassy waste areas, and ditches.

Interest: Like other members of the legume family, white clover fixes nitrogen from the air into the atmosphere to improve poor soil. The plant has a shallow root system and does not tolerate drought.

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