Hop clover is a native of central and southern Europe, now well established in
North America. The common name signifies the resemblance of this clover to hops.
Identification:Trifolium (“three-leaved”) is a
large genus, and three common yellow hop clovers are compared below. Black medic,
a relative, looks closely similar to low hop clover, so this is included too.
5/31/2010 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, Massachusetts ≈ 3 × 3½" (8.2 × 9.2 cm)
6/22/2018 · Andres Art Institute, Big Bear Mountain, Brookline, New Hampshire ≈ 3½ × 3" (9.6 × 8.2 cm)
Three leaves, with slightly serrated tips, center leaf on separate petiole
Often prostrate, light green or reddish green, covered with white hairs
Seedpods are "coiled"—this is probably the most unique feature of black medic
Prairies (black soil, clay), weedy meadows, old fields, cropland, pastures, vacant lots, landfills, cemeteries, lawns, areas along railroads and roadsides, and miscellaneous waste areas; common in low-cut lawns
Edibility: With most clovers, flower heads (and possibly leaves)
may be juiced or boiled
and eaten. Dried flower heads and seed pods are also edible. However, I could not find specific edibility information for
hop clover, nor could I for the similar-appearing plant black medic(Medicago lupulina).