Alsike Clover (Trifolium hybridum) is a widely grown, non-native plant. It is used as a forage crop and is a common escapee on disturbed lands, road edges and lawns. Here at Leaning Oaks, it is found in our lawn, along with White Clover. Its latin name is based on Linneaus' mistaken impression that this is a hybrid of White Clover and Red Clover. The common name is also of Linneaus' doing, his type specimen came from the town of Alsike in Sweden. Hanging out around clovers is a great way to see lots of pollinators, particularly bumble bees.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.