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Trifolium reflexum -- Buffalo clover

  • Photo by Terry Zinn
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  • Photo by Jeff Norcini
  • Photo by Jeff Norcini
  • Photo by Terry Zinn
Common Name:
Buffalo clover
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Plant Description

Description: The showiest of Florida's two native clovers, this very rare wildflower has mainly deep pinkish red flowers on hairy stems, with three leaflets per leaf, and many leaves per plant. Performs best in northern Florida. Sow seeds in mid-October to early November; may need to sow seeds for 2 to 3 consecutive years to establish a population. 

Lifespan: Annual

Light exposure: Full sun to high pine shade

Bloom color: Pinkish red; occasionally white

Bloom season: Spring

Heigth (in bloom): 6 to 10 inches

Habitat: Mesic to dry open woodlands, meadows and disturbed areas

Germination Note: Seeds have hard, water impermeable seed coats that prevent germination. Lightly abrading the hard seed coats on sandpaper or a concrete surface (“scarification”) for a few seconds will allow the seeds to absorb water and germinate. To test whether the seed coats have been abraded enough, place a few of the abraded seeds in a shallow dish of water. Sufficiently scarified seeds will swell noticeably within an hour or two; swollen seeds must be sown immediately.  If most seeds do not swell, repeat the abrasion process and retest.  Scarified seeds should be sown within a week or two.

Each packet covers 10 square feet.

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