Red Clover is a herbaceous biennial or perennial, slightly pilose to glabrous, with erect stems 1-5 cm long, early leaves arranged in a basal rosette with long petioles, later leaves on the stem sessile or on moderately long petioles. The compound leaves are arranged in three parts, the leaflets oval to elliptic, 1-3 cm long, and 0.5–1.5 cm wide. Small pointed appendages called stipules are found at the base of the leaf, sometimes forming a tube around the stem. The flower heads are pink or white appearing in globe-like terminal clusters 15-20 mm across, each containing between 20-40 flowers, 7-11 mm long. The flowers are comprised of 5 sepals, 5 petals, 10-15 stamens and one style. The fruit is a tiny oblong to the ovoid pod, 4-5 mm long, containing 3-6 seeds. Although not native to North America, it was brought with the first European colonists, where it has since naturalized. It is typically found in wet to dry meadows, open forests and the edges of forests, in fields, pastures and along roadsides, and also in lawns (as it is a commonly mixed in with grass seed).