Rabbitfoot clover

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. November 2011.

Scientific name: Trifolium arvense  L.

Common name(s): rabbitfoot clover, rabbit-foot clover, haresfoot clover, hare’s-foot clover, stone clover, pussy clover

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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-compound alternate leaves

-pink-white flowers


-anthropogenic disturbed areas

-meadows and fields

-full sun

-dry sandy soils


-toxic to livestock

  • liver damage
  • photosensitivity

-attracts pollinators

Natural History:

-introduced from Eurasia



Go Botany. “Trifolium Arvense L.” Trifolium Arvense (Rabbit-Foot Clover): Go Botany, 2020, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/trifolium/arvense/.