Trifolium arvense L.
Hare's Foot Clover

Sp.Pl. 2:769 (1753)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect or spreading annual, herb, to 0.5 m high. Fl. pink/white/green, Jun or Aug to Nov or Jan. Grey, brown or yellow sandy loam,granite. Along riverbanks, exposed rocky surfaces, agricultural areas.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 22 August 2007


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Dandaragan Plateau, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Merredin, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions
WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Beverley, Brookton, Broomehill-Tambellup, Bunbury, Busselton, Cambridge, Coorow, Corrigin, Cuballing, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Denmark, Dumbleyung, Esperance, Fremantle, Gingin, Gnowangerup, Goomalling, Gosnells, Greater Geraldton, Harvey, Jerramungup, Kalamunda, Kondinin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Melville, Moora, Murray, Narembeen, Narrogin, Northam, Northampton, Perth, Pingelly, Plantagenet, Quairading, Ravensthorpe, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Stirling, Subiaco, Swan, Toodyay, Wagin, Wanneroo, Wickepin, Williams, Wongan-Ballidu, Woodanilling, York.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Hares-foot Clover, Stone Clover.

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Agricultural activities. Seedbank persistence. Short-medium term.

Notes. Found in low rainfall areas and is well adapted to low fertility soils. Its abundance varies from year to year. Has hard seed coats and low germination rates in unsuitable environmental conditions. Seed and fruit have no specialised dispersal mechanism.

Additional information. Origin. Europe, Mediterranean, north Africa, temperate Asia. History of use/introduction. Forage. Similar exotic species. Trifolium species.

Suggested method of management and control. Spot spray with 1% glyphosate before flowering, otherwise spot spray Lontrel® 3 ml/10 L (150 ml/ha) up to the 6 leaf stage. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination           U U U          
Active Growth O O O O O O Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Flowering Y Y Y Y Y Y       Y Y Y  
Fruiting Y Y Y Y Y Y           Y  
Optimum Treatment             Y Y Y O      

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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