Kate's Mountain Clover

Triflolium virginicum

Kate's Mountain Clover, Trifolium virginicum,  is the symbol of the West Virginia Native Plant Society.  It was discovered in 1892 by botanist John Kunkel Small. He named it Kate's Mountain Clover in honor of the area where he first discovered it, Kate's Mountain in Greenbrier County West Virginia.  T. virginicum is found only in shale barren habitats.  Shale barrens are steep, south facing slopes with few trees.  The ground has very little soil and is covered with an eroded shale litter.. T. virginicum has been found in the shale barrens of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.