Zigzag Clover, Powerstock Common, Dorset
Flattened tops to flowerheads
Side view of flowerhead - leaflets below the head
Top of flowerhead
Individual flowers - corolla longer than calyx
Bendy, zigzagging stem
June to September
It is found throughout the country.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows in grassland, hedgerows, the edge of woods and on
rocky ground, railway banks and quarries.
Zigzag Clover is a native, rhizomatous, nitrogen-fixing, perennial
herb, growing up to 50cm.
The flowerheads are on the end of long stalks up to 10cm.
There are leaflets just below the flowerheads.
Flowerheads are up to 3cm and are spreading, slightly-flattened
Individual flowers are up to 15mm, reddish-purple with the corolla
longer than the calyx.
Leaflets are narrow ovals up to 4 cm long and quite hairy.
They are usually unmarked but sometimes have a pale splodge.
Stipules are green and white, terminating in a green triangular
The stems are bendy and in a slight zigzag.
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