Clover, ball

COMMON NAME: Clover, ball
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Trifolium nigrescens
FAMILY: Fabaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual, possible perennial
FEATURES: Annual clover species. Trifoliate leaves, spatulate with minute teeth. Petiole of trifoliate leaf
often with ocrea-like appendage circling base. White inflorescence one to two cm in diameter
with 10 to 20 individual flowers. Produces up to 100 inflorescences per square foot under optimum
spring growing conditions.
DESCRIPTION: Small annual clover similar to white clover except ball clover inflorescence smaller in size and ball
clover produces many more inflorescences. Ball clover produces large amounts of growth in spring
and almost non-existent other times of the year.

Broad View Dense stand of ball clover.

Broad View
Dense stand of ball clover.

Flower / Seed Head Close up of inflorescence and trifoliate leaves

Flower / Seed Head
Close up of inflorescence and trifoliate leaves

Leaf Trifoliate leaves

Leaf
Trifoliate leaves

Flower / Seed Head Inflorescence comparison

Flower / Seed Head
Inflorescence comparison