Rabbitfoot Clover

(Trifolium arvense)

Family: Fabaceae

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Weed Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Lambert McCartey. Clemson University. Clemson, SC.



Rabbitfoot clover is a winter annual. Rabbitfoot clover has a multi-branched growth habit. Both the stems and leaves are densely haired. The leaves consist of 3 narrow leaflets with minute teeth-like projections at the tips. The flowers of rabbitfoot clover are small pink to purple and are clustered in grayish soft-silky cylinder-shaped heads. Rabbitfoot clover reproduces by seed, and flowers in the spring. Rabbitfoot clover is found in the Southeastern United States, west to Louisiana and north to Missouri. 


Germination Dates

3: April-May
4: April
5: February-March
6: February-March
7: February
8: February
9: January-February
10: January-February

Cultural Practices

Rabbitfoot clover is a winter annual in the southeastern United States but grows from May through October in Ontario and Quebec. It is found in dry sandy soils and low maintenance turf. Increase the fertility of the soil and add organic matter. Follow good irrigation practices.

Herbicide Use

Make your post-emergence herbicide application to rabbitfoot clover that is young and actively growing.

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