mountain clover

A perennial herbaceous plant with a thick woody root that goes deep into the soil; basal leaves on long, the rest – on short petioles; stem erect, yellowish-pubescent, up to 60 cm tall; all leaves are trifoliate, with hard lanceolate-elliptical leaves, fluffy below. Flowers in large numbers are collected in dense ovoid heads, sitting in the axils of subulate bracts on very short pedicels; corolla white, calyx hairy. The fruit is a bean with two seeds. Blooms in June-July.

Grows in upland meadows, on slopes, on sandy coastal cliffs, along roads. Doesn’t happen often.

In folk medicine, inflorescences are used, collected during flowering. Inflorescences are brewed like tea and drunk with whites, babies are given water and fumigated with smoke when frightened, and baths are made for hemorrhoids.

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