Trifolium alpinum

Trifolium alpinum is a species of flowering plant in the legume family known by the common name alpine clover. It is native to the Alps.[1]

This plant is a perennial herb with a large taproot which can be 1 metre long and 1 centimetre wide. The short stems bear ternate leaves divided into three leaflets each up to 5 cm long. The fragrant flowers are pink to light red, tinged with purple.[1]

This plant grows at elevations between 1700 and 2500 m,[1] sometimes up to 2800 m,[2] in subalpine and alpine climates. It commonly grows on acidic soils.[1]

In alpine regions this plant provides an important forage for livestock.[3] It is also good for stabilizing sites of erosion at high elevations.[4]


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