Wooly Head Clover
Trifolium eirocephalum Nutt.
Woolly-head clover is an attractive perennial has a thick taproot with several stems 1/2 to 1 foot tall. The herbage is sparsely to thickly hairy. The 3 leaflets are each elliptic to oblong, and somewhat rounded at the tips. They from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long minutely toothed and generally long-hairy. The veins are close and conspicuous, with the appendages long, mostly entire, united with the stalk for at least half their length. The heads are dense, often somewhat elongated, and are wooly due to the long hairs. The flower heads oval to rounded, from 2.5 to 3.0 cm wide, and borne on stems that typically exceed the height of the leaves. The flower head consists of 25-80 individual flowers which are pinkish to red. Individual flowers are 12-17 mm long and strongly reflexed or bent downward. Woolly-head Clover is located on permanently moist or wet places, form lowland meadows and stream sides up to the middle level in interior mountain pine forests. It is found widely disbursed in the Intermountain area.