Type: Broadleaf Winter annual; spreads by reseeding itself; often forms colonies Size: 12″-14″ High Where it grows: unmowed areas, such as hillsides or pastures, it can grow more upright, Appearance: The leaves alternate and consist of three leaflets. The center leaf is on its own petiole. The stems feel a bit woody and are green to reddish (small hop clover) in color. Control: Mulch to prevent it in gardens or use a pre-emergent herbicide in spring; pull plants by hand or treat in lawns with a broadleaf, post-emergence herbicide.
An erect annual or biennial with or without branches and is at most only a slightly hairy annual 7.9 to 23.6 inches tall. The stipules are lance-shaped, pointed, and about equal in length to the leaf stem. The three leaflets are 0.59 to 0.98 inches long, are obovate to elliptical to oblanceolate in shape, are finely toothed, and have no leaflet stems. The leaves have short stems that are about as long as or only slightly longer than the stipules.