Trifolium repens, White Clover
Fabaceae or Pea Family

Leaves Low, creeping, spreading plant.  Flowers are small, white or pale pink, and irregular, and somewhat resemble pea flowers.  They are bunched together tightly into a spherical flowerhead at the end of a long leafless stalk.  Leaves arise directly from creeping, rooting horizontal stem.  Leaves have three egg-shaped leaflets, each usually marked with a pale chevron.

Alien weed, common in lawns, fields, meadows and roadsides.  In Wildwood it is common along the Riverway bike path and Wildwood Drive.

Flowers in white balls with 3-parted chevron-marked leaves easily identify this plant.  Alsike Clover (Trifolium hybridum) has similiar leaves and flowers, but has a branching erect stalk which bears leaves.  It has not yet been reported in Wildwood.  White sweet clover (Melilotus alba) looks very different, having flowers that are not in a ball.

Flowerheads   Single flowerhead