Small hop clover is a winter annual. It has branched stems that spread in a low creeping manner. The stems are red and hairy. The leaves alternate and are palmately compound. The leaves consist of three leaflets with the center leaf on its own petiole.
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.
Small Hop Clover Control
There are several things you can do to prevent small hop clover from growing. Mulch will help to prevent it in gardens or use a pre-emergence herbicide in spring; pull plants by hand or treat in lawns with a broadleaf, post-emergence herbicide. Don’t give clover a chance to spread. Get rid of small clumps as soon as you notice them by gently loosening the soil around the base with a spade or your fingers, then plucking the clover up. Be sure you get all of the roots or you could be planting more weeds.