Blooming slightly later than other Blue-Eyed Marys (Large flowered, small flowered and few flowered); it has the characteristic 5 petals, with the upper two petals pale, or nearly white, while the lower three are deep blue to lavender.
The palmately divided leaves, looking much like those of the lupine, are a giveaway that it’s in the pea family. It’s underground rhizome roots can result in a large area covered with the small blooms. The most showy of the clovers, it differs from other trifolium by locating only in thin dry gravelly soil. (more…)