An unusual low clover with large round heads of red to deep pink "pea flowers." Leaves palmately compound, with 3-9 leaflets, each 0.3-1 in (0.8-3 cm) long, thick, leathery, with teeth on edges. Flower heads 1.3-2 in (3.1-5 cm) wide; calyx teeth feathery. Height: 4-12 in (10-30 cm).
Sagebrush deserts and pine woods.
Eastern Washington to east-central California, western Nevada and Idaho.
The name Trifolium, referring to the trio of leaflets, is contradicted in this species, which usually has six to nine.