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Cowbag Clover
Trifolium depauperatum
About Cowbag Clover (Trifolium depauperatum) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Trifolium depauperatum is a species of clover known by the common names cowbag clover, poverty clover, and balloon sack clover. The plant is native to western North America from British Columbia to California, as well as towestern South America in Peru and Chile. It is a common plant of many types of habitat, including coastal prairie and mixed evergreen forest,. Trifolium depauperatum is a small annual herb growing upright or decumbent in form. The leaves are made up of oval leaflets up to 2 centimeters long which are smooth, toothed, lobed, or blunt-tipped. The inflorescence is a head of flowers up to 1. 5 centimeters long. The flower has a pinkish purple white-tipped corolla up to a centimeter long. It becomes inflated as the fruit developed. Subspecies. Trifolium depauperatum has several varieties, which can include:Trifolium depauperatum var. amplectens - Balloon sack clover, Pale bladder clover. Trifolium depauperatum var. depauperatum - Cowbag clover. Trifolium depauperatum var. hydrophilumTrifolium depauperatum var. truncatum - Dwarf sack clover.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb


Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 64 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 7.0" - 117.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 3.43", Coldest Month: 31.9" - 57.3", Hottest Month: 57.2" - 81.0", Humidity: 0.44" - 29.36", Elevation: -293" - 6588"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Balloon Sack Clover, Poverty Clover

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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