A Plainer Clover

Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum)
Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum)
Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum)
Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum)

Not far from the dramatic Crimson Clover, on the eastern slope just north of the flare station, lies a stretch of its plainer sister: smaller, rounder, mostly pink clover blossoms about a half to three quarters of an inch in diameter.

When I first saw these I was stumped. There are about 300 recognized varieties of clover, and I couldn’t say with any certainty which label fits this one.  I asked readers for help.  That help has now arrived in the person of Jutta Burger, co-director of the Flora Friday series; she says with confidence that this is Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum).  Thank you!

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