Another Beautiful Invasive

Trifolium incarnatum
Trifolium incarnatum
Trifolium incarnatum

A big patch of crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum) is in bloom on the east side of the park, just south of the dirt path that leads to the dog park.  This plant, according to Wikipedia, is widely used commercially as a cattle fodder, where cattle are allowed to graze.  Assuredly it didn’t get to Cesar Chavez Park for that purpose.  Like so many other plants that have naturalized here, it probably hitched a ride in a bird or in the fur of a dog.  And like so many other plants that survive here, it’s invasive.  In the Wikipedia writer’s words, “it tends … to eliminate all other desirable spring and early-summer species of native vegetation in the area where it is planted.” But it’s surely a treat for the eye. 

 

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