Common Name: White Clover
Scientific Name: Trifolium repens
Habitat & Range: sunny fields and lawns statewide
Bloom Time: spring, summer, and fall
About: Clovers are non-native plants brought over form Europe for pasturing livestock and now, of course, they are found absolutely everywhere. The White Clover is the one that will occasionally produce a four-leaf clover. Butterflies and bees love it for the nectar. Rabbits love to eat the leaves and the flowers. And as a child when I was stuck out in left field during my first year of Little League, I’d eat the flowers too. Just because I could. And I was bored. Good luck controlling these in your yard. It spreads by creeping and by seeds that can lay dormant for years before germinating.
Reference: Wildflowers of Michigan by Stan Tekiela; Adventure Publications, 2000