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collage of Japanese Clover and Korean Clover

Japanese Clover (Kummerowia striata) vs. Korean Clover (Kummerowia stipulacea)

Updated September 11th, 2023

These two species, both invasive in North America, are visually and ecologically similar. They can be told apart by their stipules, orientation of hairs on the stem, leaf shape, and often by hairs on the margins of new leaves. Their ranges overlap, but K. striata ranges farther south and is more tolerant of acidic soil, whereas K. stipulacea ranges farther north and tolerates slightly drier conditions as well as being more tolerant of rocky or gravely soil.

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