Suckling Clover Trifolium dubium SibthorpNon-native

Status:

Suckling Clover is native to Europe and was introduced to the United States as early as the 1700s. In the United States this species of yellow clover is now most often found east of the Mississippi River and along the west coast, but has been found in every state. The earliest collected specimen in the Smithsonian's Flora of Washington-Baltimore special collections is a specimen collected by C.O. Thurston in 1889 from northern Anne Arundel County. Suckling Clover blooms from late April through June.

Description:

Suckling Clover is the smallest of the four common introduced yellow clovers found in Maryland. The flowering head consists of less than 15 flowers and the central leaflet lacks a mucronate tip and has a very short petiole (1mm or less). These three characteristics separate Suckling Clover from all the other yellow clovers commonly found in Maryland.

Where to find:

Suckling Clover is to be looked for in yards, open spaces with low vegetation and lots of sun, and mowed road edges.

There are 96 records in the project database.

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Suckling Clover in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (5/3/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Howard Co., Maryland (4/23/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover (with German Knotgrass) in Kent Co., Maryland (4/30/2016). Photo by Nancy Martin. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/11/2011). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

A Suckling Clover in Charles Co., Maryland (5/9/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/17/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Caroline Co., Maryland (4/23/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover (below) with Field Clover (above) in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (6/24/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Caroline Co., Maryland (5/24/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Queen Anne's Co., Maryland (5/15/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Talbot Co., Maryland (5/23/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Caroline Co., Maryland (5/29/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover growing in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/2/2017). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

Suckling Clover in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/27/2010). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)


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