COMMON NAME: Cow's Clover
FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Stem decumbent or ascending
Leaves generally basal; lower stipules bristle-tipped; upper stipules wide, toothed or sharply lobed; leaflets 1–3 cm, narrowly elliptic to widely ovate
Inflorescence head-like, included or exserted from leaves, 2–3 cm wide; involucre wheel-like, segments or lobes many
Flower: calyx 7–11 mm, lobes tapered, tips bristled; corolla 12–16 mm, pink-purple or magenta, tip white
Fruit: stalk-like base 0–1 mm
Ecology: Beaches to mtn meadows, ridges, generally open moist or marshy places
Elevation: < 3200 m.
Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, Central Western California, South Coast, Peninsular Ranges, East of Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: to British Columbia, Wyoming, New Mexico, Mexico
Flowering time: May–Oct
The only involucred per sp. in Pacific coast states; including matted, rhizomed form (dry coastal sands); lush, long-stemmed form (lower to middle elevations); slender, often tiny form (middle to higher elevations)
Horticultural information: IRR or WET, SUN: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17.