Low Hop Clover, Trifolium procumbens, produces irregular yellow flowers that can be witnessed from May to September. This biennial plant is a native to Europe and was brought over by early colonists. Like other clovers it has three leaflets that can be eaten raw but are better if they are soaked in salty water for 5-10 minutes. The flower heads can be dried and added to teas or ground into a nutritious flour that was used to make bread in famine times. This particular species has not been identified for it medicinal properties.
Keep your eyes and ears open and your powder dry.
Low Hop Clover Sources:
Audubon Guides Box Set – Birds, Tree, Wildflowers & Mammals. Computer Software.Green Mountain Digital. Version: 2.3. Web. Jul 10, 2014.
Fernald, Merritt Lyndon & Alfred Charles Kinsey. Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1996. Print. pg. 246
Newcomb, Lawrence. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977. Print. pg. 58-59
Peterson, Lee Allen. The Peterson Field Guide Series; A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants; Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977. Print. pg. 80-81
United States Department of Agriculture. Natural Resources Conservation Services. Web.