Crimson Clover, Trifolium incarnatum
Fabaceae or Pea Family
Low, sprawling plant. Leaves with three leaflets. Flowers narrow, pea-like, in a dense, somewhat elongated head, deep crimson.
Alien weed. Often included in wildflower mixes and likely entering the Park from planted wildflower meadows on shared mowing machines. Occasional in the meadow by the Outdoor Classroom. Seen in 2010; we will see if it persists or returns.
The clover head and 3-part leaves is distinctive of the genus Trifolium. Most clovers in the Park are yellow, white or gray. Red clover (T. pratense) has rounder heads and the flowers are more rose pink.