Trifolium pratense* /Pea Family
Height: 6" to 16"
May 31, 2005
Look at the small individual pink flowers, note the yellow pollen-bearing anthers. Clovers, being in the Legume or Pea family, are nitrogen fixers. Bacteria found in nodules on the roots can take nitrogen from the air and store the compounds in the nodules. Farmers plant this clover to use as a natural fertilizer. Clovers are also a good nectar source for bees. "Trifolium" means "three leaves." These were blooming in Oak Ridge. This widespread, weedy clover blooms most of the warm months of the year.
Where seen: Everywhere!