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Bearded Clover
Trifolium barbigerum
About Bearded Clover (Trifolium barbigerum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Trifolium barbigerum is a species of clover known by the common name bearded clover. The plant is native to central coastal and Northern California and Oregon, below 700 metres (2,300 ft) in elevation. Areas it is found include on the northern Channel Islands of California, the California Coast Ranges, and around the San Francisco Bay Area. It grows in many types of habitat, including coastal prairie, mixed evergreen forest, closed-cone pine forest, and wetland-riparian areas. It is also found in disturbed and cultivated areas. Trifolium barbigerum is an annual herb growing decumbent to erect in form and hairy to hairless in texture. The leaves are divided into oval leaflets up to 2. 5 centimeters long, sometimes having notches at the tips. The stipules on the leaves are large and variable in shape. The inflorescence is a head of flowers up to 2. 5 centimeters wide. The flowers are held in a bowl-shaped involucre of bracts with toothed edges. Each flower has a calyx of sepals narrowing into one or more bristles which are coated with long hairs. Within each calyx is the flower corolla which may be pinkish purple, white, or bicolored purple and white. The bloom period is April to July. Varieties: Trifolium barbigerum was formerly discussed classified with two varieties, that are not in current use:Trifolium barbigerum var. andrewsii - reclassified as Trifolium grayi. Trifolium. barbigerum var. barbigerum - reclassified as and synonym of Trifolium barbigerum.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb


Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 57 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 12.1" - 90.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 2.96", Coldest Month: 40.5" - 54.1", Hottest Month: 57.3" - 77.5", Humidity: 0.02" - 25.76", Elevation: 3" - 2290"

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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