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Trifolium carolinianum

Carolina Clover, Wild White Clover

Scientific Name:

Trifolium carolinianum

Genus:

Trifolium

Species Epithet:

carolinianum

Common Name:

Carolina Clover, Wild White Clover

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Open woodlands, woodland edges, pine savannas, thin soils around rock outcrops, disturbed areas. The three records in the NCNHP database are from 1899, 1936, and 1940.  It still seems to be present in SC right up to the NC border.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Assigned

State Rank:

SH: Historical (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SC-H: Special Concern: Historical (*Key)

Notes:

This is a small species, easily passed over by most people as White Clover or some other non-native clover species. Formerly occurred in a few sites in the southeastern Coastal Plain, but no records in several dozen years.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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