White clover is a perennial with creeping stems rooting at some nodes. Leaves have three leaflets with a long erect petiole that is surrounded at the base by a membranous sheath. The flowering heads are borne on long stalks arising from the stems and usually rise above the leaves. The flower cluster may be ½ to 1½ inches in diameter. The petals are white or occasionally tinged with pink.
White clover may be found under close mowing conditions. Maintaining soil phosphorus at medium levels and nitrogen at the proper level for the desired turfgrass reduces the competitive ability of white clover in turf.
Growth Season/Life Cycle
three; usually a white crescent-shaped mark near the base of the upper surface of each leaflet
slight toothing on leaflet edges
1/2 - 2 inches
fibrous; can usually find round nodules on the roots which fix atmospheric nitrogen for use by plants