Crimson Clover, over and over, from Connie in NC

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Traveling on I26 toward Spartanburg, SC. Plants are growing randomly beside the road. Head is read about 2 inches long, Faint sweet smell. Leaves are in threes, clover look. Any idea what they are? Thanks

Hi Connie,

this is a type of clover, called Crimson clover, Trifolium incarnatum.  It is commonly seen along roadsides and is often planted by the highway department; it also spreads on its own along roadsides.  A striking non-native herb.

I often think of this song when I see it:


Steve Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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