Smaller Hop Clover
* Flower yellow, less than 1/2".
* Terminal leaflet is stalked and often notched at the tip.
* Usually prostrate on ground.
* Height: 6-16".
* Flowers May - September.
* Habitat: Roadsides, waste places.
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Introduced from Europe.
* There are 238 varieties of clover in temperate and subtropical climates.
* Clover pollen is often gathered by bees to make honey. Honey
is fed to bee larvae and the queen, and is stored to sustain
the hive during winter. When humans harvest honey, they are harvesting
the hive's winter supply. Thus, professional bee keepers replace
the honey they harvest with sugar water. It takes about 130,000
foraging trips by bees to gather enough nectar for a kilogram
(2.2 lbs) of honey. This requires visits to about 10 million
flowers and about 400,000 kilometers in flight; that amounts
to 10 times around the earth! And you might have considered yourself
well-travelled... For more information about bees and clover
and honey, see Bugs in the System, by May Berenbaum.